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Revenge whiff in Manipur arson
- Six arrested for torching Imphal West school

Imphal, May 10: Police arrested six persons, including four juveniles, for the torching of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Imphal, on Wednesday night and suspected that revenge for expulsion of three of the accused could be the motive behind the arson.

The six were arrested from their residences at Lamphelpat of Imphal West, where the school is located.

Two of them were produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West, R.K. Memcha, while the four juveniles appeared before the juvenile court here yesterday. They were remanded in police custody for seven days.

Three of the juveniles were former students of this school, who were expelled recently for bad behaviour and violation of school rules and regulations at different points of time.

The three students, residing near the school, ganged up with the other three to target the school, the police said.

“We are interrogating them. After the preliminary interrogation, we suspect that revenge is the motive behind the arson,” a police officer said.

The police said the six entered the school campus and set fire to some documents inside a room in the administrative block. The fire immediately engulfed the school building.

The two accomplices are identified as Tokhalan Jou, 29, and Kailong Sanglien Gangte, 23, from Churachandpur district but are currently residing at Lamphelpat, near the school premises.

The six were charged with damaging public property, attempt to murder and trespass on government properties.

The police said the fire broke out after the accused persons burnt some files inside one of the administrative rooms.

The fire destroyed 15 rooms, including the staff room, library, three laboratories and nine classrooms. Several documents and furniture were destroyed.

The state fire department sources said the damage was extensive as they were informed of the blaze an hour after the fire started.

The school is currently on summer vacation since April 16.

Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh inspected the damage the next day and assured the school authorities that he would take up the matter with the Centre, as the school is under the Union human resource development ministry.

He also promised aid for the reconstruction of the damaged portions of the school building.

A majority of the students are children of those serving in central forces and central government offices.

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