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Tuition-class-cum-hostel owner held for holding offline class for 550 students in violation of COVID norms in Rajkot

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A tuition class owner was arrested in Jasdan in Rajkot after cops found that he operated classes that were attended by 550 students in violation of the COVID norms in the state. Police raided the premises on Sunday and arrested Jaysukh Sankhalva, 39 on Monday.

Rajkot Superintendent of Police Balram Meena was quoted by a news agency as saying that the owner was arrested under IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act for violating COVID norms. Cops said the children were handed over to the police.

Police said Sankhalva’s coaching centre-cum-hostel trained students for the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Balachadi Sainik School entrance exams.

Police said the 550 students were in the age group of 9 to 10 and were attending classes sans mask and social distancing.

It should be noted that the Gujarat government has not allowed offline classes for students given the COVID situation although online classes continue. The owner said the students were staying at the hostel with the parents’ consent.

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Most of them were to appear for the Navodaya Vidyalaya entrance test, which got postponed and so the parents wanted them to stay in the hostel rather than go home, he said.

Other tuition class cases

In May this year, a tuition class that was being run in violation of COVID norms was raided and later sealed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).  AMC got a tip-off that the tuition class in Chandlodia was insisting on the physical presence of students.

When raided officials found that 15 students were in the class sans any mask or social distancing. The AMC has also booked a case against the tuition class owner.  The tuition class was in the Ranchhodnagar and was operational from 9.30 am onwards.

The shutters of the tuition class were down giving the impression that it was closed but the classes continued behind the shutters. The owner was identified as Tejas Kadiya.

 

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