One of the students was rusticated a few days ago

The fire that reduced the imposing Kendriya Vidyalaya building in Imphal to cinders on May 7 night has turned out to be a case of arson.

Over 90 per cent of the building and furniture, equipment, including computers, suffered damage.

Police have arrested five persons, including a student. Gamchung Golmei, who was rusticated a few days ago, is suspected to be the main culprit. He is yet to be arrested.

Reconstructing the crime, police said that the students, who are not in the good books of the school authorities, in a vengeful mood torched the building at the dead of night. There were circumstantial evidence to establish it was arson and not accident.

The accused, all in their teens, are Joy Khwairakpam, Lorenz Suksura, Tokhalan Zou, Damachung Golmei and Kailong Sanglian Gangte. Police have registered a case against them. The school students said from the very beginning that they suspected arson. Incidentally, this is the second attempt to set the school building on fire. The school is closed indefinitely. The Manipur government has offered assistance the central school. The fate of thousands of students in this school is uncertain.