High power committee to go into causes of hostel fire
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Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010, 22:47
Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government will constitute a high level committee to probe Wednesday night's fire at the hostel of Holy Angel Don Bosco school at Palin which left 14 students dead.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who along with education minister Bosiram Siram and other officials flew into Palin in Kurung Kumey district this morning, announced the decision after meeting the grief-striken parents and the school authorities.

Khandu also visited the spot where the hostel, made entirely of bamboo with tin roof, once stood.

The education minister said the government is drafting an education policy requiring authorities of hostels, including those run by private individuals, to give special emphasis on safety and hygiene so that recurrence of the tragedy does not take place.

The Chief Minister handed over Rs 20 Lakh to the Assistance Deputy Commissioner for immediate relief. Khandu expressed anguish over absence of the Deputy Commissioner even 36 hours after the incident.

The residents of this remote village said 10 charred bodies have been identified and buried in the compound of the school. Four missing students are presumed dead while four of the seriously injured are shifted to Itanagar hospitals.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 22:47

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