SDO meets guardians of deceased students with appeal for help to reopen Daribhit school

Report by: 
ANUP JAYSWAL
Raiganj
3 Nov 2018

A visit by sub divisional officer (SDO) of Islampur to Daribhit village to speak to family members of the deceased students did not yield any result today. The guardians told Manish Mishra, SDO that they would prevent reopening of school until a CBI probe is ordered.
It may be mentioned that in connection with the clash between police and students over appointment of two teachers to Daribhit high school in Islampur on September 20 and subsequently death of two students, state education department suspended the headmaster of the school Avijit Kundu and his deputy today.
Managing committee of the school was dissolved also and Mishra was asked to function as the administrator of the school until further order was issued.
The school has been closed for over one and a half months after the incident. Guardians of Rajesh Sarkar and Tapas Barman, who reportedly sustained bullet injuries during the clash and later died, claimed that they would not let the school be opened unless and until  a CBI probe is not ordered.
They also barricaded the main gate of the school whenever initiatives were taken by the district education department to open the school in the interest of education.
After assuming charge of the administrator Mishra spoke to the aggrieved guardians of deceased students and sought their cooperation in reopening the school. However, the guardians did not comply with the request and demanded CBI probe once again.
The school is likely to reopen from November 10. Administration is keen to avoid an unrest on the day and hence officials are trying to convince the guardians about the urgency of reopening the school.