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555 Students Found In Gujarat Coaching Centre Raid, Owner Arrested

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The proprietor was arrested beneath IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act provisions. (Representational)

Ahmedabad:

A training centre proprietor in Jasdan city of Gujarat’s Rajkot district was arrested for allegedly breaking COVID-19 norms after police discovered greater than 550 college students in his premises throughout a raid, the police mentioned on Monday.

The raid on the centre occurred on Sunday and its proprietor, recognized as 39-year-old Jaysukh Sankhalva, was arrested on Monday, mentioned Rajkot Superintendent of Police Balram Meena.

“He was arrested under IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act provisions for disobeying police notification on COVID-19 norms as well as for negligent act which may spread infection. The children have been handed over to their parents,” he mentioned.

According to the police, Sankhalva runs a training centre-cum-hostel to supply coaching to college students showing for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Balachadi Sainik School entrance exams.

“Based on a tip off, we raided the premises and found 555 students between the age of 9-10 taking tuition. These children were not wearing masks nor was social distancing being maintained. The centre was functioning despite the state government’s ban on classroom teaching due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Jasdan police station sub inspector JH Sisodiya mentioned.

Before his arrest, Sankhalva advised reporters the scholars have been staying in his hostel since May 15 with parental consent.

“Most of them are supposed to appear for Navodaya Vidyalaya entrance test, which got postponed. The parents of these children asked me to keep them in the hostel rather than send them home,” he claimed.

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