5 people involved in Pattan Middle School arson held: Police

Srinagar: Baramulla police on Thursday claimed that they arrested five people involved in the arson incident of a government school in Pattan on 26/27th last month and had launched the manhunt to arrest other involved in the incident.

“As was reported early that during intervening night of 26/27th Oct. 2016, Govt. Middle School Tapper Pattan was set ablaze by some miscreants. On this Case FIR number 272 of 2016 under section 436 RPC was registered in Police Station Pattan and investigation taken up,” a police official said.

“During the investigation it surfaced that the conspiracy regarding the incident was hatched at the medical shop of one Ajaz Ahmad Parra @ Ajaz Medicate son of Ghulam Mohammad Parra with Omar Parra @ Omar Kasaie son of Mohammad Amin Parra, Shabir Pandit @ Bulbul son of Ghulam Mohammad Pandit and Bashir Ahmad Hajam son of Ghulam Hassan Hajam all residents of Hamray Pattan,” the office said.

“These people have arranged petrol from a petrol pump and later on stored that in plastic bottles and gave the same to Naveed Ahmad son of Ghulam Nabi @ Naba Tension resident of Tapper, Adil Ahmad Parra @ Adil Doda son of Bilal Ahmad Parra and Usman @ Babloo son of Ghulam Hassan Parray @ Hassan Joker all resident of residents of Tapper Pattan who at around 1.30 am executed their plan and set the school building on fire,” he added.

“These individuals who are known stone pelters and are wanted in many stone pelting cases, had kept some of the petrol bottles in an apple orchard for creating the panic in future by burning the vehicles and other government buildings. The motive behind this act of these miscreants was to create an atmosphere of fear and to ensure that Schools continue to remain closed. The above named Omer Kasaie had also threatened the school staff, who thereafter had shifted the school record to some safe location without though informing the Police,” the official said.

“All the above named accused persons except Naveed and Usman have been arrested and at the instance of Omar Kasaie and Adil Doda, some petrol bottles were recovered from the apple orchard near Tapper. Further investigation in the case is going on. The other accused involved in this incident have also been identified and manhunt has been launched to nab them, he added.

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