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Violence at city school; motive still not known Wednesday, July 18, 2001
By a Crime Reporter, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Hosanna Missionary school at Khodiyarnagar witnessed violence on Monday with a mob of at least 100 people resorting to stone-throwing and setting vehicles afire to protest against the suspension of a school teacher.
While the suspension of schoolteacher, Grace Celine Luther, was the apparent immediate provocation for the violence, the versions about the real motive behind the riot differed.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone V) R J Savani told TOI that the teacher was suspended for indiscipline, and that she had come with her colleagues to lodge a complaint at the Odhav police station in the afternoon. According to Savani "some anti-social elements from the neighbourhood gate-crashed into the school soon after and resorted to stone-throwing and damaged a scooter, a motorbike, set a Kinetic Honda on fire and broke flower pots in the premises."
Later in the evening, another complaint of rioting and arson was lodged at the Odhav police station against the violence, after which the school had to be closed.