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Missionary school for girls in West Bengal threatened with rapes, burning down of building

St. Captanio Girl’s High School has 1,200 students, 12 nuns.

AB Wire

NEW DELHI: Even as news came in of an arrest of a Bangladeshi man in the horrific rape of a 71-year-old nun in Ranaghat, a West Bengal covenant has received four threatening letters promising reprisals similar to the Ranaghat incident.

The Hindustan Times reported police are remaining tight lipped regarding the contents of the letters received by St. Captanio Girl’s High School of Nagrakata, Jalpaiguri district but inside sources indicate it threatened more rapes and setting the covenant’s hostel on fire.

According to locals, one of the letters asked the nuns and students to vacate the hostel. Incidentally, the nuns and the students of the school had previously organized a protest rally denouncing the events in West Bengal.

“We are feeling insecure. There are no armed police around. If something happens like Ranaghat who will be responsible,” a teacher, who refused to be named, told the Times.

“We have posted policemen in the school,” was all that the police superintendent of Jalpaiguri, A Rabindranath, would say.

The school that is located at Champaguri in Nagrakata block of Jalpaiguri district, with about 1,200 students and 12 nuns at the institution, some of whom live in the school’s hostel. It enrolls students from nursery to class XII

The school is about 35 years old, and runs under the Madhyamik board. A number of its students come from economically unsound backgrounds.

The Times’ sources also indicated local interests and politics may have had a role in the delivery of the ominous notes.

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