The Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) has called for a 24-hours Manipur bandh from Thursday midnight demanding the release of its members arrested for their alleged involvement in an arson attack on a catholic school in the state.
On April 25, Manipur police had arrested ten activities of the students’ body in connection with the arson attack at St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School and was sent to judicial custody on May 27 by a local court in Chandel.
Condemning the continued detention of the members, KSO publicity secretary David L. Gangte said that of the 10 executives, three were arrested by the police and seven surrendered themselves to the SP of Kakching district as they reposed their trust in the law and the investigating authority.
David also said that for 10 days they underwent thorough interrogation and investigation in the police custody but no substantial evidence was found against them in the case of an act of arson.
He further stated that Vice-President of the student organization’s Gunpi block . Thangzatet Haokip was also sent to jail although he was suffering from jaundice, claimed David. He said that the KSO was being made a scapegoat in the arson attack and being vilified.
David also reiterated that it is a fact that the miscreants who had torched the school apparently have taken advantage of the closure of the school and clandestinely burnt down the school knowing well that the KSO Gunpi block executives were there to take the blame.