Bhonsala Military School to take legal action against media

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Nashik, Nov 4 (UNI) Bhonsala Military School, an education institute here has decided to take legal action against media for maligning its image regarding the September 29 Malegaon bomb blast.

Members of the Ex-Ramdandi Association, an organisation comprising ex alumni of the school, condemned the maligning of the school by media by making false allegations without sufficient information. The organisation also told media to take care while reporting about the school and also warned of legal action in this regard. Around 50 ex-students of the school from across the state gathered for this purpose at the school here today.

''We have filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against a newspaper in New Delhi on mentioning the name of Appasaheb Ghatate regarding the Malegaon bomb blast case. The school management has assured us of financial, legal aid. In my case, lawyers have advised me to wait for a while,'' Major (Retd) P B Kulkarni told reporters in a press meet here today. Some sections of the media had reported about the alleged arrest of Kulkarni and Ghatate regarding the blast.

''We impart military training but we also teach our students patriotism. We have produced soldiers like Lt Gen Dr M N Chibbar, Lt Gen Sardeshpande and Lt Gen Sahastrabuddhe. Our students include former union ministers Vasant Sathe, Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, state minister Vinayakdada Patil, Shailendra Bondre and many stalwarts in various fields. We have won four Veer Chakras. We have proved our mettle on the battlefield. In last four years, all of our institutes have maintained the annual result above 90 per cent. We are also leading in sports,'' Kulkarni said, adding, that the school or the Central Hindu Military Education Society do not have anything to do with Abhinav Bharat.

All the ex-students expressed their solidarity with the school on the occasion. They said even ATS chief Hemant Karkare did not mention the name of the school in the press conference held in Mumbai. The ATS did not give any written information in this regard.

Meanwhile, school commandant Shailesh Raikar and clerk Rajan Gaidhani were released by the ATS on Nov 2. Regarding the alleged meeting of Pradnya Thakur, main accused in the blast case and others, they said a meeting did take place but the school allows people and organisations to conduct programmes such as NCC camps, police training, free of cost. The school can't get information regarding the motif behind these programmes.

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