Imphal: A school was set on fire allegedly by a local student organisation in Kakching district of Manipur over disciplinary action taken by the administration against some students.

St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School was burnt down on April 25. According to the principal of the school, local student organisations are behind the crime. “We suspect it could be by local student organisations. They didn’t like the action against students,” Rev Fr Dominic was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“We’ve been discussing that the reason could be negotiation with local student organisation. They didn’t like the correctional measure we had taken. They wanted the punishment quashed. 10 rooms have been destroyed, 2 of them had documents, files and equipment,” he added.

Meanwhile, Manipur minister Letpao Haokip said, “This is an act of extremists, A students organisation is burning down a school! I condemn the act. Whoever is involved in this act will be booked and punished. I’ll help in the reconstruction of school so that students don’t lose an academic year.”