Rangoon 48th street Swadikia Quran memorizing school fire is tragedy or violence

Chittagong, Bangladesh: A fire broke out 48th street Swadikia Quran memorizing school, Rangoon, on April 2 at about 2:15 am where 13 students were burnt and death. The authority said it was a tragedy but many expressing suspicions the fire had been set intentionally, said set on fire according to reliable source from Rangoon.

Fire fighter fighting fire with water where the transformer  seen no burned as authority claimed fire broke out from that trasformerMost of the children were sleeping on the ground floor when the blaze began and they were able to flee to safety. But 16 of them were sleeping in a small loft on the first floor and were trapped when the ladder that led to the loft caught fire. Three boys jumped to safety and the rest died,” according to Soe Myint, a Mosque member

“The fire was triggered by an electrical short “and not due to any criminal activity,” according to police officer Thet Lwin.

But, angry Muslim shouted while police officer Thet Lwin mentioned the word “electrical short,” every time.

“Some people are saying that the school was torched, but it isn’t true. What the investigators found when they got there was that it was caused by an electrical fault,” said Rangoon Division Chief Minister Myint Swe at a hastily organized press conference on April 2.

“According to our preliminary investigation, we believe that an electrical fault in a voltage step-up transformer inside the school caused the fire,” said Police Lt-Col Myint Aung. “We are now embarking on a thorough inquiry.”

To allay such suspicions, the Rangoon Division government met with five Muslim groups on April 2, morning to form an investigation commission, Chief Minister Myint Swe said at press conference.

Haj. Kyaw Soe, the secretary of the All Burma Moulvi Federation, said his organization would cooperate with the government to find out the cause of the blaze. He said, however, that it was still too soon to accept the government’s preliminary findings.

“I feel it is too early to say if this was caused by an electrical fault. It would be better to investigate first to know the root cause of this fire,” he said.

The young student dead body

The victims— Rahim Ullah (Yay Kyaw),Hashim (Yay Kyaw),Mohamed Omar ( Da Hla),Abu Bashir ( Bogalay), Abdul Latif (Shwe Paytha),Mohamed Suhire( Thakayta), Mohamed Hasson(Kawkaret),Abdul Suban( Kandaw Galay), Ibarahim (Ingone), Faizal (Thakayta), Abdu Razak (Dagone 56) and Abzar ( Dagone 56) -who were among 73 boys residing at the school—are all believed to have been in their early teens or younger.

The young students were buried at Yaeway cemetery (Muslim Graveyard) in Rangoon where thousands Muslim attended at funeral ceremony.

However, people close to the school say they continue to believe that there may have been some foul play.

The fire broke out under the staircase, where we found some pieces of diesel-soaked cloth near a ladder,” said Win Myint, a former student who went into the school immediately after the fire was put out.

“Yes, we suspect it may have been arson,” said another former student who asked not to be named.

The main fuse box and wire were seen in good condition

Zaw Min Htun, a member of a local Muslim youth organization said he saw no burned wires inside the school and said the building’s fuse box was in good condition.

“The children are innocent …. Someone burned the school.”

“There are various version about the inferno of 48th street School. It is difficult to know actual cause of the fire and casualties. What we learn is there is an organized gang of terrorist who have been spreading violence against the Muslim. What needed for the country is peace, stability and rule of law. For this purpose there should be an impartial investigation which will prove the truth so that right action is taken if there are any culprits. We are sorry for those who lost their lives and pray for them,” said U Kyaw Min, Ex-CRPP, a Rohingya politician.

“5 unknown persons entered to the block at 1:30 am, with a jeep – registered number 9A/2804-, while there was no electricity and after around half an hours the school started blazed,” according to block public and rickshaw puller.

But, authority said the blaze was started from transformer got fire from electricity short. Some said the transformer was not burned and found some pieces of diesel-soaked cloth near a ladder and floor.

“There is no such things which will burn like these, there is only the wooden floor and ceiling. No more. How the building burned down within one hour,” said U Ba Ni, the school head.

Within this short time, the building was burned down, there may be used some power which support the fire, said a military expert who didn’t want to be named.

Thousands of Muslim attend during the funeral of 13 fire victims at Yaeway cemetery in Rangoon, Burma.

“There are others facts – fire brigades and police come without giving sound, no smell of burning wire, police seized transformer, exploration before blaze, refusing to check the loft for dead body by firefighters, no one drive out the jeep and the news spread quickly as electricity short- which show the school blaze may be arson violence, it is not a tragedy.”

The ASEAN inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) is extremely concerned by reports of the deaths of at least 13 children in a fire in a Mosque school in Rangoon on April 2. The organization made up of elected parliamentarians from across the ASEAN region called for an urgent, thorough and transparent investigation in the cause of the fire, according to AIPMC press release.

“If this was arson then justice must be sought and the perpetrators dealt with according to the rule of law; if it was not, then this must be clearly proven to prevent a continued decline in inter-communal relations that threaten the security of all Burmese and the fragile reform process in the country,” Eva Kusuma Sundari, AIPMC President and Indonesian Member of Parliament.

The young students were buried at Yaeway cemetery (Muslim Graveyard) in Rangoon

“The devastation caused by violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state last year is still hanging over us and new violence is spreading – we cannot ignore the obvious and considerable risk of further incidents if action is not taken and measures put in place to prevent an escalation of tensions. They need to develop a comprehensive national strategy that promotes reconciliation and tolerance among Buddhist and Muslim communities and upholds international human rights standards – if the Myanmar government cannot do this alone, then ASEAN must also engage in this vital mission,” said Kraisak Choonhavan, AIPMC Vice President.

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