Maoist threat compels students to leave Gadchiroli school

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times, Rangi
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  • Updated: Aug 06, 2009 18:52 IST

The government-run tribal residential school at Rangi in Gadchiroli where “naxalites” had picked up three female teachers and raped them in jungle, was closed indefinitely as students left the school because of fear after the horrifying incident.

The closure of the school is directly affecting the future of over 300 tribal students.

Three men posing as naxalites stormed the school in  at late night on Thursday. They had beaten up the teachers of the school, threatened them and snatched their mobiles for keeping open the school despite the call for a week-long bandh, given by the naxalite. Later, they picked up the women teachers--- one of them six month pregnant—from the school, saying they had been summoned to a meeting in the forest and gangraped them for over five hours.

The terror among the students and teachers has further increased after the police arrested two persons, allegedly have a naxalite link, involved in the heinous act, as village level members of the ultra left-wing movement. The school was closed since July 31.

According to reports reaching here on Thursday, over 300 students of the school left the village as none came forward either to support them or boost up their morale. Panicky parents appeared really worried about the safety of their daughters and sons after the incident and took them home. A few teachers and a couple of non-teaching members left behind are not in mood to work because of administration’s failure in providing security arrangement till the date.

All the lady teachers in the school, including the victims have urged the tribal authorities to transfer them from the school so that they could start their work afresh.

Manoj Sharma, the additional SP of Gadchiroli, admitted that few teachers are not coming in the school. Moreover, a seizable section of students of the residential school left their villages after the incident. “We are trying to convince them about the safety and security. We are hopeful that all the students who have left for their villages after the incident would come back soon,” he added.


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