New Delhi: The Indian government has decided to shut down two private religious schools and a madrasa run by a controversial religious leader as part of a bold new world of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
The announcement was made on Friday in a Cabinet meeting that has been dominated by a dispute over a disputed land deal.
The announcement comes as a bitter standoff between the two leaders over land deals in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh has triggered fears of civil war.
The two schools in the village of Nairagari, near Parnam, are among the 10 schools shuttered across the country and the government has ordered the shutdown of three other schools, according to the local government.
It said all teachers would be removed and the madrasas would close.
The madrasah at Parnapuri has been closed for the past seven years, while Nairagi, a village near Nairagar, has a madrassa run under the auspices of the madras.
Modi’s government has repeatedly said the two schools were run by the same person.
The Madrasa at Pangamala, run by Ashok Kumar, is run by Nairam, who is also a resident of the village.
The government said it would provide more details in a meeting on Sunday.
The Madrasas in Nairapuri and Nairaga are both run by people affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a left-wing Hindu nationalist organisation.
The RSS is a key force in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which is in the throes of an economic crisis, and has been involved in a series of violent clashes with the state government over the past year.
The government says it has taken legal action against several RSS activists for allegedly attacking security forces in Parnanam, in the northern state of Karnataka, in July this year.
The Rashtriyah Committee for Peace and Development (RCCPD), an organisation that seeks to promote peace in India, has accused the RSS of being behind the attack on security forces and said the organisation had been “mobilised” in the violence.
In an editorial published on Thursday, the RSS said it did not approve of the government’s move and would seek to appeal against the move.