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Children pray for Kislay
All schools closed in Patna

Patna, January 24
Stepping up protest against the kidnapping of Kislay Komal, a Delhi Public School student, all private schools remained closed today as students launched a relay fast in the state capital to press for his safe release.

All private schools in the state capital were closed at the call of the Bihar Public Schools Association, its Chairman D.K. Singh claimed. The government schools were, however, opened, official sources said.

School students also launched a relay hunger strike for an indefinite period on the DAV School campus in Patel Nagar to press for the demand. A social organisation “Oxygen” has taken initiative for the programme. The students have also decided not to take tiffins till the safe return of Kislay, who remained traceless for the sixth day today.

The students have also decided to boycott all cultural programmes on Republic Day and stage a demonstration before Raj Bhavan on January 28, if Kislay is not freed by then.

RJD supremo and Railway Minister Laloo Prasad said it was “a kidnapping for ransom” and hoped that Kislay would be recovered soon.

Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by over 400 officers owing allegiance to the Bihar State Finance Service Association entered third day today against delay in tracing their colleague and Assistant Sales Tax Commissioner K.K. Gupta’s son Kislay.

The police has taken at least 25 suspects into custody for interrogation in connection with the kidnapping case. Kislay was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Patel Nagar when he was going to board a school bus on January 19. — PTI


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