Prestigious Schools in Uttarakhand on Vigil

Dehra Dun: Though the police are taking seriously a letter purported to have been written by IM threatening to undertake blasts at some of the schools and other known organizations in the Doon Valley, including the Indian Military Academy, and are probing into the source and have also beefed up security at some of the prestigious schools here, the school authorities want to ensure that the students studying in their schools as also their parents do not get unduly undisturbed by the threat.

Welhems Girls School, Dehradun
Welhems Girls School, Dehradun

It may be recalled that a couple of days back, an unidentified person left a letter at the office of the principal of the Welhams Girls School here in which there was a threat that the school, as also the prestigious Doon School would be hit by blasts. But what is intriguing is how the unidentified person went straight to the chamber of the Principal and left the letter there, when no one directed him or informed him of the office location.

If reports are to be believed the unidentified person was told at the gate that the principal was not in the office, but even then he walked straight towards the office though he was not informed of the location nor was he directed to it. This has led the police here to believe that the person who left the letter was in full know of the map of the school and its various classes and offices, which was perhaps the only reason that he could reach the principal’s office without asking anyone.

Meanwhile concerned that the parents of the children studying in their schools could be perturbed over the safety of their sons and daughters, should the IM go ahead with its threat, the school administration has sent e-mail to the parents assuring them of the safety of their children and that all necessary precautions were being taken. Some of the schools have also offered that should any parents want they could take their child home for a week.

Dehra Dun police Chief, A. Rautela said that the matter was still being probed and all aspects were being looked into. As a security measure extra police force has been posted at some of the schools and patrolling is also on at night, even as the schools have been asked to maintain an extra vigil particularly upon the people visiting the school.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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