Patna, February 7: Scuffle broke out between a school teacher and locals at a primary school in Bihar's Katihar after the teacher refused to sing 'Vande Mataram' during Republic Day Celebrations in the school. According to a tweet by ANI, the teacher, identified as Afzal Hussain refused to sing the national song on January 26, during the Republic Day celebrations in the school, saying it was against his religious belief. The teacher said being a Muslim, he worships 'Allah' and Vande Mataram means 'vandana' (worship) of Bharat which is against his belief.
Hussain was quoted by, ANI saying, "We worship Allah & Vande Mataram means 'vandana'(worship) of Bharat which is against our belief. Constitution doesn't say it's necessary to sing it". Reports inform that video of the incident has apparently gone viral on social media. Delhi Tuition Teacher Shot Dead in Mahendra Park, Family Blames Muslim Girlfriend's Kin.
Take a look at the tweet:
Katihar:Scuffle broke out when a primary school teacher Afzal Hussain refused to sing 'Vande Mataram' on Jan 26;Hussain says,"We worship Allah & Vande Mataram means 'vandana'(worship) of Bharat which is against our belief.Constitution doesn't say it's necessary to sing it".#Bihar pic.twitter.com/JjyEWpGRGt
— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019
According to reports, District Education Officer, Dinesh Chandra Dev said that the media that he has not received any complaint regarding the incident. "Had we got any such information, an investigation would have been done. But till now we have not got any such complaint," said Dev was quoted by ANI.