Social activist, Nilbath Ch Marak, has written to the Jesuit Institutions who run the Loyola group of institution over the unfortunate demise of its student, Cherian Bimik M Sangma this past week, asking for concession to be made to the family among other requests.
In a letter to the rector of Loyola, Fr Anand Pereira SJ, Nilbath asked for the funeral expenses of the family to be borne by the institution, one of the school buses to be named in memory of Cherian to be commemorated every year by the school as well concessions in school fees to his two other brothers who study in the same institute.
Fourteen-year-old, Cherian lost his life after a log that he was made to carry fell on his head in a freak accident on September 21. While the principal, Fr Melwyn Fernandes has been suspended since the incident by the institution, many have called for stronger action against him over allegations that the accident only took place due to corporal punishment being meted out to them for missing their homework.
Fr Pereira, in his reply to the activist stated that the requests being made by the activist would be deliberated upon by the School Managing Committee (SMC) who are currently looking into the case of the death of the student.
An inquiry, in furtherance to the police inquiry being carried out in the case, is currently being conducted by the SMC. Fr Fernandes has been replaced by Rev Fr Hector D’Souza SJ as principal and Fr Robert Chawngtu as vice principal. The school is also set to reopen from Monday after being closed following the incident.
Meanwhile, Williamnagar today held a condolence service on the death of Cherian where huge numbers of residents gathered to pay their homage. Following the condolence meeting, a rally was also held.