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Gunshot triggers panic in school

- PSO fires bullet after boss’s spat with parents

Golaghat, April 21: Panic and chaos broke out today on the premises of Christ Jyoti School at Bokakhat in Golaghat district when a PSO opened fire from his service carbine. The PSO was critically injured in the ensuing skirmish.

The incident occurred around 9 this morning in the school, 250km from state capital Guwahati.

Sources said Lebanus Minz, convener of the Adivasi National Convention Committee, accompanied by his PSO, went to Christ Jyoti School to meet the principal in a Tata Indica but according to school rules, vehicles are not allowed to enter the school premises. Therefore, parents who had come to drop their children asked Minz as to why he drove into the school premises.

Minz had gone to meet the principal supposedly to discuss matters related to his own school, St John High School, in the Matikhola area of the district.

When the parents and Minz were engaged in a heated argument, his PSO, Buddha Saikia, fired a bullet from his service carbine into the ground, which resulted in commotion among the parents who attacked the PSO.

The mob also vandalised the Tata Indica.

Later, police arrived at the spot and rescued the PSO. During the process, officer-in charge of Bokakhat police station Manik Goswami also sustained minor injuries.

The critically injured PSO is currently undergoing treatment at Kushal Konwar civil hospital in Golaghat.

Talking to this correspondent, Goswami said since the PSO was critically wounded, they were unable to record his statement.

The police have seized the carbine.

Numal Mahato, Golaghat additional superintendent of police, told The Telegraph that the matter is under investigation and Minz is untraceable after the incident.

“A meeting with the parents has been called tomorrow where the representatives of the school administration, police, and parents will be present to discuss today’s incident,” Mahato said.

Christ Jyoti is a Catholic mission-run English-medium school and has classes from nursery to Class X.