Karnataka: School principal heckled for conducting essay competition on Prophet Muhammad (Scroll)

Hindutva outfit Sri Rama Sene has accused Abdul Munafar Bijapur of converting students’ religions.

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The principal of a government school in Karnataka’s Gadag district was heckled by members of Hindutva outfit Sri Rama Sene on Tuesday after he organised an essay competition on Prophet Muhammad, reported The Indian Express.

The organisation demanded that Abdul Munafar Bijapur, the principal of the Government High School in Nagavi village, resign from his post and accused him of converting students’ religions.

“It was an effort to spread Islam among young minds,” a Sri Rama Sene leader told The Times of India. “Though there is no lesson of the Prophet in the school syllabus and there is no order to conduct such essay competition, the headmaster intended to conduct the competition on Paigambar [Prophet].”

The Hindutva organisation members told him to show a government order asking to organise the event.

Some villagers intervened and told the protestors that outsiders do not need to enter the school and that they will handle the matter.

School Development and Monitoring Committee President Jayashri Muttinapendimath said she did not even know that Bijapur was Muslim.

“He never exhibited his caste and creed but has been working honestly and peacefully for three years,” she said. “He has been conducting various competitions on all birth anniversaries of great souls.”

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