Imphal July 30,
Maoist Communist Party Manipur has imposed a shut down of Standard Robarth School since 22nd of July. The decision of the outfit to shut down the school came after the death of Babysana in the school hostel on the 18th of July. The outfit in a statement released today said that it was during this time investigating the matter. The question that the party was looking into is whether it is a case of suicide or it is a murder. If it is a case of murder then there must be reason behind her murder. If it is a case of suicide then there needs to a reason behind her suicide, the statement of Manipur Maoist added. The party also stated that they are facing difficulties in their investigation given the presence of security forces. Moreover, the girls who were staying in the hostel with Babysana are mostly below 16 years. Given this in mind, the outfit said it has to deal with them very sensitively. “Police and Women Against Crime have investigated the matter and interrogated these young girls who were staying with Babysana. The manner in which they interrogated the children has violated the acceptable norms with which we deal with children in such context and has affected the lives of these children. There act shows that they were not applying their minds on the matter,” Manipur Maoist said. Manipur Maoist, however, is in touch with the relatives of the children so that they can get the truth from the children with sensitivity, the statement added. The outfit appeals that guardians of the children that they must help to find out the truth of the matter soon given that children are involved in this case and if this case drags on then it will severely affect the emotional well being of the children. So the outfit appeals the parents that they must find out the truth soon and inform the JAC about it.
The party stated that till now the outfit is able to find out that she came back from summer vacation and was happily staying in the hostels. After returning from the vacation on July 16, she had a verbal fight with a school authority which the students living with Babysana are aware of. The fight was due to some personal matter, according to the children in the hostel. After two days of this fight Babysana died. On that day, the hostellers saw Babysana for the last time in the dining hall and no one is aware when she returned and slept in her room. There is unclarity on when she went to sleep that day. The question remains on where she died, whether she died in the room or outside her hostel room. On the top of that, no CCTV footages of what went on outside the hostel were available, the outfit claims.
The outfit has decided to extend the shutdown of this school till August 4 and it will see the situation till August 4 and will decide whether it will continue the shutdown of the school or not, according to the statement of Manipur Maoist.