Blockade at Darvit school gate and (right) the site where the dead bodies have been kept buried. File Photo.
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Siliguri: After a brief recess, trouble has returned to the Darvit High School at Islampur in North Dinajpur where two youths had died of bullet injuries on 21 September following a police-student clash.

The villagers, who kept the school shut for about two months, had allowed it to reopen on 10 November on the condition of the release of eight villagers arrested in connection with the violence and a CBI probe into the death of the two youths.

The eight villagers were subsequently released on bail and this eased the tension to some extent. As the classes in the school were being held uninterrupted despite the villagers carrying on a symbolic demonstration for the CBI probe, the administrative became lax on the matter assuming that normality has returned.

But peeved at the laxity as regards facilitating a CBI probe, family members and some villagers put Darvit High School under lock and key this morning. This continued for about two hours even as students of class VII and VIII turned up for their annual exam.

The agitators removed the lock only after the headmaster appealed to them citing the annual exam of the students. He also assured that he will communicate higher authorities in the district administration about the fresh agitation.

The agitators have said that unless the administration initiates a dialogue with them soon on the issue of a CBI probe, they will shut down the school for an indefinite period.

Some of the students inconvenienced by today’s wildcat agitation said that while such agitations affect their studies, they too want a CBI probe into the death of the two school alumni.

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