Univer­sity ar­son­ist charged

The Myanmar Times - - News - THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­times.com

PO­LICE have ar­rested and charged a univer­sity stu­dent sus­pected of de­stroy­ing more than 6000 exam pa­pers last month at the Man­dalay Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity.

On Septem­ber 1, the Kyaukse district po­lice force, along with the town­ship fire brigade and ward ad­min­is­tra­tors, re­sponded to a fire at the univer­sity.

Af­ter break­ing down the doors of the room, the po­lice dis­cov­ered that 6510 exam pa­pers, many which had not yet been cor­rected, had been set alight. All the pa­pers were de­stroyed in the blaze.

CCTV footage re­vealed a lone ar­son­ist wear­ing a blue T-shirt and jeans, and rid­ing an SZ mo­tor­cy­cle with stick­ers. Af­ter a month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice ar­rested suspect Ko Thein Htet Aung at 1am on Oc­to­ber 1.

Fol­low­ing a po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the stu­dent con­fessed to set­ting the exam pa­pers ablaze. He said that he was drunk at the time, and though he be­lieved he had done well on his exam, he de­cided to set fire to the ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers as he was sad that there were peo­ple who had not done so well.

The me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing ma­jor con­fessed to break­ing into the room, af­ter buy­ing petrol from a lo­cal be­tel nut ven­dor, and burn­ing all the pa­pers. He said he was in­spired by a story about a stu­dent from Kalay Univer­sity who had de­stroyed exam pa­pers by dous­ing them in wa­ter.

Ko Thein Htet Aung has been charged with mis­chief by fire un­der sec­tion 436 of the pe­nal code.

– Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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