A shocking case of rape of 14 minor girls allegedly by the hostel warden of a private school in Likabai in West Siang district has come to light after a few students reported the matter to the police.

The rape of the girls in the age group of 4 to 13 for over three years has triggered protests with local residents, students and members from the civil society hitting the streets on Tuesday evening to protest against the crime.

They also gheraoed the Likabali Police Station demanding capital punishment for the culprits.

The incident came to light when a few students of the school on Tuesday managed to report the crime to the Likabali Police Station, the police said here on Wednesday.

Vipin Wisvan, a non-Arunachalee teacher in the school, who also serves as the warden of the hostel, was arrested on Tuesday in this connection. The school principal and two other staff were also detained for interrogation.

A case had been registered at the Likabali Police Station and an investigation was on, the police said.

According to the police, the molestation and rape of students were going on at the school for the last three years.

After committing the offence, the accused had threatened the girls with dire consequences if they disclosed his act to the parents.