Thoubal, March 28,
Salungpham High School, located at Salungpham Maning Leikai Village in Thoubal district under Heirok Police station was left into ashes after unknown miscreants reportedly set ablaze around yesterday midnight. Interestingly Salunpham Mayai Leikai comes under Heirok Assembly Constituency where its MLA Thokchom Radheshyam is the Education Minister of the state government.
According to the Head Master of the School Phuritsabam Tomba, the miscreants might have burnt down the school around half past midnight of yesterday and he was informed about the incident by the Chowkidar of the school through phone. He said soon after receiving the news he along with his locality rushed the spot and tried to extinguish the fire.
In the fire, 7 class rooms including the Administrative block has been reduced to ashes. All important documents of the school, Computer sets and science equipments were all burnt into ashes. 6 class room of the school were however saved by Fire Service team of Thoubal and Yairipok . Estimated lost in the fire is expected to cross around Rs. 30 lakhs by the school authority.
Speaking to media persons Head Master of the School Ph. Tomba said that the act is more like an attempt to abolish the school as those miscreants collected all the important documents of the administrative block which was maintained since the beginning of the school in front of the school and burnt it into ashes. He further added that earlier too there were incident of computer sets being stolen from the room.
Chowkidar of the school Amuba said that he returned home late yesterday as he had attended the last day of Lai Haraoba of his village and friends from the Laibung informed him about the burning of the school while he was trying to have his dinner.
Wrath over the burning of the school locals of Salungpham and students blocked road in front of the school and demanded immediate arrest of those responsible in the burning of the school.
Heirok Police had taken up a case and investigation is being on to find out the culprits.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]