Fire devours state’s oldest school, IGJHSS

PASIGHAT, Feb 15: Altogether five rooms of the state’s oldest school (Estd. in 1947) IGJ Higher Secondary School, Pasighat were gutted into ashes. Five rooms comprising two classrooms (Class IX), exam branch (Confidential room), office establishment room and CBSE Cell were completely devoured in a fire accident that occurred on last night at around 2.00 AM. Reportedly, two firefighters reached immediately, doused the inferno taking about four hours and brought normalcy.

East Siang DC Isha Khosla, DDSE Obuk Panor and EAC (Sadar) T Padung visited the school this morning and took stock of extensive damage caused by the inferno. The DC has ordered magisterial enquiry to ascertain the actual cause of the incident and instructed all the headmasters and principals of schools to alert their Chowkidar to attend duties sincerely so that such kind of incidents are not repeated in future. She assured that police patrolling would be intensified and banned late hours grouping of students in and around school premises and all sensitive government installations.

Giving details to the DC, IGJHSS Principal T. Tamuk informed that all “Answer scripts” of English, Agriculture, History, Physics (Theory) and Accountancy of IGJ, Mebo, DEM and Sille higher secondary schools kept for coding, evaluation and tabulation were completely burnt into ashes. He also informed that “Question Papers” of Social Science, English, Hindi and Science of class-IX and “Question Papers” of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Hindi, Pol. Science, Economics, Geography and Business Studies of Class XI were also reduced into ashes.

Meanwhile, Loksabha MP Ninong Ering and Local MLA Kaling Moyong have expressed shock and termed the incident as unfortunate. Duo assured the school fraternity that the matter would be taken up with the appropriate authority.

Executive members of All Arunachal Teachers’ Association, East Siang unit met the DC Khosla this evening, placed their grievances, and appealed her set up an enquiry committee urgently to nab the culprit(s) at the earliest. Among others, former minister and prominent leader Bosiram Siram, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, Councilor Kaling Doruk also visited the school. DIPRO

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