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Kallakuruchi violence: District collector gives permission for renovation in schools from September 19

- September 19, 2022

Chennai, Sept 19 (BPNS)

The Kallakurichi district collector, Sravan Kumar Jatavath has given permission to the two schools, Sakthi Matriculation Higher secondary school, and ECR International school to conduct renovation works. The collector was responding to an application submitted by the Latha Educational Society which manages the schools.

It may be noted that a violent mob had ransacked and destroyed the two schools on July 17,2022, after a class 12 girl student of Sakthi Matriculation Higher Secondary was found dead near the hostel premises on July 13.

This incidence of violence of torching 30 odd school buses, destroying the entire school buildings, and even torching police vehicles and injuring policemen had brought major shame on the Tamil Nadu police. Top cops were shunted out after the incident and the state DGP directly visited the area and gave the necessary instructions to the policemen.

Many people were arrested and remanded in judicial custody following the incident and there were complaints of human rights violations filed against the cops for having assaulted some of the protestors in police custody after the arrest.

The permission for repair and renovation works is for a period of 45 days commencing from September 19th.

The Latha Educational Society has also filed a writ petition before the Madras High Court with a plea to permit the reopening of the school for regular functioning of classes.

The court on August 23rd  directed the district collector to consider the plea and pass appropriate orders based on final merits and the treasurer of the educational society was called for a personal hearing.

The district administration has however directed the Latha Educational Society to provide the list of workmen who are being engaged to conduct repair and renovation work in the school. This includes the list of engineers, technicians, skilled labour, and other helpers who would be engaged in the works. The district collector informed the treasurer of the society to complete the renovation and repair work within the stipulated time frame of 45 days.

The district administration has appointed a nodal officer under whose supervision the works would be carried out.