Friday, June 05, 2015

Another Christian school ransacked in West Bengal, police blame burglars

KOLKATA: In yet another attack on a christian missionary school at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas early on Wednesday, four class rooms were ransacked and official and educational equipments were also damaged. The almirah in an office room was also broke open and several articles in the almirah were also found scattered on the floor. Police are looking for the culprits. But no one has been arrested in this connection yet.

The ransacking on Believers Charch missionary school at Abdalpur adjacent to the Badu Road towards Barasat's Kharibari in Madhyamgram, barely 4 km from Kolkata Airport triggered a tension in the area.

Panic gripped the bishop, fathers and nuns and the other teachers in the school and they also appealed to the police for a strong security arrangements for the school.

Juria Bardhan, the bishop of the school lodged a complaint on Wednesday morning with Madhyamgram police station in this connection. The school was also remained closed on Wednesday.

"We are really in panic following the attack for the first time in our under Charch school. We could be attacked any time. But We can't understand why the ransacking was carried out and by whom. We have no problem with anybody in the locality. Most of the students come from local area. I have urged police to take a legal action in this connection and to provide adequate security for the school," the bishop said.

The regional co-ordinator of the school, Rabin Dutta said, "Several Christian missionary schools across the country already came under attack. The horror of recent past brutal attack on a Ranaghat convent and subsequent horrible torture on an elderly nun is yet to die down. We got frightened with the Wednesday's attack."

He also said that the attackers damaged the books, study papers, several study equipments, food materials for the students and also musical instruments used by the students.

The school is run under believers Charch here for over a decade.

There are 130 students in the school and those students are studied at free cost. The lunch and tiffin are also provided to the students mostly come from under privileged families.

The guardians of the students also launched an agitation to protest against the attack on an educational institution under the Charch. They have also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Police said the attack took place around 2.30 am and the goons sneaked into the building through an open window of a bathroom.

"Initially we suspect that petty burglars could strike in search of valuables. We are however investigating the mater and a raid is on to nab culprits", said Bhaskar Mukherjee,ASP, North 24 Parganas.

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