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School employee calls Lord Parshuram 'terrorist', arrested

Prachi Desai

The Goa government's Education Department has directed a school to suspend an employee Ramakrishna Jalmi for making derogatory remarks against Lord Parshuram at an anti-CAA rally on 29 February 2020 in Benaulim.

The order issued on 2 March 2020 by Education Director Vandana Rao read, 'Ramkrishna Jalmi has violated the Code of conduct under Rule 100(ii), (xiv), (xvii) under Goa School Education Rules, 1986 and also Section 12(2)(b) of the Goa School Education Act, 1984. As he has violated the code of conduct, he is liable for disciplinary action as prescribed under the Goa School Education Act, 1984 and Rules 1986, applicable to all employees of a government-aided school.

A video of his speech which went viral where Jalmi, a laboratory assistant of vocational section at Swami Vivekanand Vidya Prasarak Mandal's Higher Secondary School at Borim, can be heard referring to Lord Parshuram as a 'terrorist'. It is believed that the legendary Lord Parshuram, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, created the land of Goa by shooting an arrow from Sahyadri mountains into the Arabian Sea.

"Every employee of a recognised school is liable for disciplinary action for the breach of any provision of the code of conduct, " said Ms Rao speaking about the incident as the school where Jalmi works is a government-aided institution. The suspension comes under Section 11(3) of the Goa School Education Act, 1984. The department has asked the managing committee of the school to act within three days and submit a compliance report.

Jalmi was arrested by the Crime Branch on 1 March 2020 under Sections 295A (hurting religious sentiments) and 153A (wanton vilification) of the Indian Penal Code and is currently out on bail.