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Don Bosco Palin set to re-open in May
Published on 26 Apr. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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Don Bosco School, Palin, in Arunachal Pradesh is set to re-open on May 19.
The school under Kurung Kumey district was closed down after 10 schoolchildren were killed in a fire at a hostel on February 10.
The additional deputy commissioner, Chukhu Takar, said the decision was taken after a recent meeting attended by district administration and members of the interim co-ordination committee led by its chairman, Tassar Otum, to fix a date for the re-opening of the school.
“Though the bodies of seven schoolchildren buried earlier by the aggrieved parents on February 12 on the school campus were exhumed in the first week of this month and buried where the hostel was gutted as per the condition given by the Don Bosco authorities for re-opening of the school, it is likely to reopen on May 19,” Takar said.
The date was decided on after the interim co-ordination committee, led by Otum, suggested it at a recent meeting, he said, adding that issues like renovation of the school and safety and security of the inmates also came up for discussion. The committee also stressed early renovation of the school building, resumption of classes, promotion of students on the basis of previous examinations as the final examination scheduled for March could not be held, he added.
The principal of the school, Fr Jose Karippai, who, along with 11 evacuees, was airlifted here on February 11, returned to Palin last week after a meeting with MP from Arunachal West, Takam Sanjoy, who had donated Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of the deceased children and for renovation of the damaged school building.
The parents of the deceased children demanded Group D category employment for at least one member of the victims’ families, posthumous gallantry award for the boy who sacrificed his life while saving others in the inferno and a memorial where the children had died.

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