3 KSO members held for school arson

3 KSO  members held for school arson
St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School building set on fire on April 25. (File)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 14 | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 10:54:17 AM IST

After the Kuki Student Organisation (KSO) in Chandel district denied its involvement in the recent arson attack on a catholic school in the district, police have named some of its top functionaries while seeking people’s help in arresting them.

On the night of April 25 last, buildings of St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School at Sugnu in Chandel district, the second oldest catholic mission school in Manipur was reduced to ashes by an inferno.

As the school was under pressure after six students were suspended for their alleged indiscipline, police investigating into the incident revealed that it was a case of arson attack and the needle of suspicion pointed towards members of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Gunpi block of Chandel district.

The police had even arrested two of its members who were later released on bail by a local court.

The student body strongly denied the allegation hurled to them and have even alleged it was conceived by some vested interest group and a conspiracy to malign the image of KSO.

However, police have been insisting that they have prima facie evidences about the involvement of some leaders of student body.

A report said on Tuesday that Sugnu police investigating the case have distributed a public notice seeking information on whereabouts of seven alleged persons in the arson case.

President, vice president, general secretary and games and sport secretary of KSO Gunpi block were among the seven persons wanted by the police in the case.

The president was identified Jangklolam Simte (41) son of Seipao Simte of Thingbongphai village, Chandel district; vice president as Paominthang Khongsai (35) son of Jangkhongam Khongsai of Lansing village; general secretary as Marcus Paokai Mate alias Kakai (26) son of Khatngam Mate of Seikhophai village; and games and sports as secretary, Gabriel Lankhosei Haokip

The four along with the three others are evading police arrest, the Sugnu police said in the notice appealing to the public to provide information on their whereabouts while asserting that wanted a speedy investigation into the arson case.

Police had already named president Jangkholam Simte in the FIR lodged under section 436/447/506/3 IPC by the Sugnu police station in connection with the arson case.

Even though he is the president of the student body, Simte is a teacher in a government-aided school which is under ZEO Chandel and the police had already written to the concerned ZEO to take up disciplinary action against him recently.

The burning of the second oldest catholic mission school in Manipur was allegedly related to the incident of suspension of six students of the school by the school authority on the ground of indiscipline.

Police investigation revealed that the school authority was under pressure to revoke the suspension from the functionaries of KSO Gunpi block. The student body had even threatened to close the school if there was no no positive response to their dictate .

Meanwhile, St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School which was remained close since the arson attack has  re-opened to resume normal class, reports said.

The school has around 1400 students in the current academic year.


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