Security beefed up at Ukl schools
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 07: Security personnel in adequate strength have been deployed in and around Government educational institutions and offices of Ukhrul district in view of yesterday's rampage by suspected volunteers of youth organisations of the district.

Agitating against alleged misinformation campaign by the State Government, unidentified youth inflicted substantial damages on the school properties in Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel districts yesterday.

The schools were targeted as part of the non-cooperation movement announced by ANSAM against the State Government.

The agitation is also in pursuit for expeditious affiliation of private schools in some hill districts to Nagaland Board of Secondary Education.

While no major damages were reported in yesterday's agitation from Tamenglong, Senapati and Chandel apart from burning of effigies of the CM and Education Minister, Ukhrul Higher Secondary School bore the brunt of the arsonists' ire as support posts of eight classrooms, windows and doors of the library block and furniture in the principal's room were destroyed beyond redemption.

during an interaction with some media persons today, Ukhrul's Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal maintained that after detailed discussion with the Ukhrul SP arrangement for deployment of security personnel in and around Government schools and offices have been activated.

Moreover, the SP had been intimated to submit a report in connection with yesterday's violent incident, said the DC.

According to a staff of the school, over 150 students from the district's private schools have been newly enrolled in class IX and X of Ukhrul Hr Sec School this session.

The staff also disclosed that volunteers of TKS had raised strong objections for entertaining admission of these students.

Speaking on the security aspect, the staff asserted that district authorities were urged to arrange security cover for the school but it went unheeded and lack of manpower was cited owing to the present uncertainty gripping Pettigrew College.

The staff also clarified that structure and building material targeted yesterday was the boys' hostel block which had been utilised as classrooms as the actual building is under construction and further appealed to the State authorities to ensure speedy replacement/repairing of school materials to enable the students resume their academic pursuit.

On the other hand, despite security in the school premise, students had to return home as conducting classes was out of the question due to scale of the damage caused.