University arsonist charged
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