FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Jan 18: A devastating fire broke out at Daying Ering Memorial Government Higher Secondary School during the wee hours on Sunday reducing seven rooms to ashes.
The school is one of the oldest schools in State established in the year 1972, official sources said here today.
The rooms affected by the inferno includes chamber of vice principal, two classrooms, staff’s common room, CBSE cell, and establishment branch along with documents, eight set of computers etc. The cause of fire has not been ascertained but a case under section 436 IPC has been registered to book the perpetrators (if any), informed Pasighat police station OC N Riba. Section 436 IPC deals with mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc. East Siang DC Isha Khosla informed that the district administration is up to provide all assistance to the school administration so that the academic classes are not hampered. She added that they have asked the school administration to make altertive arrangements for classes at school auditorium.
Regarding immediate relief, Khosla informed that assessment of damages is being carried out and will soon appraise the State government of fil estimate so that it can provide funds accordingly.
Earlier, Khosla along with DDSE Obuk Panor and Genden Tsumo DDMO rushed to the school in the morning and took stock of extensive damage caused by the inferno.
All important documents of the school and students were reduced into ashes, informed school authorities.
Interl board exam of Class-IX and XI and Class X and XII are scheduled to be held from February 1 and March 1 next respectively but burning of all valid documents and board provided answer scripts are matter of concern, school authorities said. They also appealed the DC to take initiative to construct toilets for faculties and boys on priority.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha member Ninong Ering, who had adopted the school last year, expressing shock assured to do his best for the betterment of the school.
Local MLA Kaling Moyong while terming the incident as unfortute also assured to extend all possible assistance.
Citing the fire incident at Gandhi secondary school, Pasighat last year, Moyong informed that the State government had assured to spare funds for reconstruction of two rooms but is still under process. Advisor to chief minister Bosiram Siram while visiting and taking stock of the incident assured to provide computers, printers, photocopy machine and furniture etc for normalcy to return in school activities.
He further assured to connect water supply immediately to the school with the nearby overhead water reservoir/tank on priority. He advised the school authority to construct G+2 buildings in future keeping wide open space inside the school, the sources added.