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I studied in govt school, I'm not a Naxal: Sibal

Mar 21, 2012 02:06 PM IST India India

New Delhi: HRD and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal slammed spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his comment that government schools were a breeding ground for Naxals.

"Sorry to hear his comments and this is not true. I studied in a government school and I am not a Naxalite," Sibal said.

Earlier Sri Sri Ravi Shankar came out with a bizarre statement. The spiritual leader said that government schools were a breeding ground for Naxals.

"It's often seen that boys from Government schools are into Naxalism and violence. Those from the private education system are not into these things. They move ahead with an ideal (adarsh) and teachers are responsible for it," he said.

His statements come amidst the ongoing Odisha hostage crisis.

Two Italians - Puri-based tour operator Paolo Bosusco and tourist Claudio Colangelo - were abducted while trekking in Kandhamal district on March 14.

The two Italians had driven down from Puri and entered a forested area inspite of being warned by the Daringibadi police about the presence of Maoists.

A driver and cook who were accompanying them and their vehicle were released by the Maoists subsequently.

A report from Puri said that the driver, Kartik Parida, and cook, Santosh, were interrogated by the police.