Manipur | KSO Calls for 24-Hours 'Bandh'

Manipur | KSO Calls for 24-Hours 'Bandh'

Manipur Manipur

Imphal, June 5, 2019:

The Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) has called for a 24-hours Manipur 'bandh' from Thursday midnight onwards. The student body has called the 'bandh' demanding the release of KSO members apprehended for their alleged involvement in an arson attack on a catholic school in the state. On April 25, Sugnu’s St. Joseph School was set on fire by unknown miscreants, destroying school properties worth over Rs 35 lakh.

Initially, the police arrested three of the KSO Gunpi block executives. Later, on May 16, seven executives surrendered to the Superintendent of Police, Kakching district, even as police was on a manhunt for the suspect in the arson attack, but the KSO publicity secretary David L. Gangte has said that no evidence has been found against them. The ten members are currently in judicial custody.

David L. Gangte, secretary of information of KSO general headquarters, vehemently condemned the continued detention of the KSO Gunpi Block executives who were accused in the arson act.

Gangte also denounced the authority for not sparing Thangzatet Haokip, the vice president of KSO Gunpi Block, who was seriously ill and suffering from an acute case of jaundice.

He has further warned that a sustained agitation will follow after the general strike until the release of the detained executives.

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.

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