Catholic school arson case; two KSO volunteers arrested

Catholic school arson case; two KSO volunteers arrested
St Joseph Higher Secondary School torched in Manipur, two KSO leaders held.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 27 | Publish Date: 4/27/2019 11:52:22 AM IST

With the arrest of two functionaries of the tribal student body, Manipur police has pointed its needle of suspicion towards Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Chandel district in the burning down of St Joseph Higher Secondary School, Sugnu in Chandel district on April 25 night.

“During preliminary investigation, involvement of the volunteers of KSO is highly suspected,” Manipur police IGP K Jayanta Singh said, in a statement.

In connection with the arson, two KSO functionaries have been arrested, he said, identifying the arrested functionaries as David Jamminlen Baite (30), education secretary of KSO, Gunnpi Block Chandel district ,and its information secretary, Thangkhanlal Haokip (26). The involvement of volunteers of the KSO was substantiated by KSO’s ultimatum pasted at the gate of the school, of  which a copy was recovered by the police investigating, he said.

“During further investigation, it is revealed that KSO demanded the school authority to revoke the suspension of six students suspended on ground of indiscipline which the school authority denied. This resulted in KSO issuing a dictate of closure of the school with effect from April 25,”  the IGP said.

The school authority did not concede to the demand of the KSO and continued to resume normal classes which prompted the KSO to burn the school, he alleged, in the statement. The investigation of the case was on, he added.

On the other hand, taking serious cognizance of the incident, United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) set a week time for the culprits involved in the arson to surrender to the armed outfit under suspension of operation truce with the government.

The armed outfit urged all the persons involved in the burning of the school to come out and confess to the school authority within one week, as per a statement issued to the media. 

If those involved in the barbaric act abscond then the organization will conduct enquiry and award befitting punishment, it warned. 

St Joseph higher Secondary School, the second oldest catholic mission school in Manipur was burnt down by miscreants on the night of April 25, reducing its 55 old history into ashes. 

Meanwhile, Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) joined the chorus condemning the school arson act and urged the authority of the government to take up stringent action to all those responsible in the burning of the school.

“Such barbaric, shocking and reprehensible incident should be condemned by all right thinking citizens and all responsible should be brought to justice at the earliest and the state government must take stringent actions against them”, TSA said, in a statement. 

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