Parked school bus goes up in flames

Cops say short circuit, principal suspects disgruntled parent

A school bus parked on the premises of BT Memorial School at Kalewadi caught fire in the wee hours yesterday. 
Although the school principal suspects the involvement of a disgruntled parent whose daughter was suspended for eight days, the Sangavi police say the fire appears to be an outcome of a short circuit. 

Accident or arson? The police take a look at the school bus on the 
BT Memorial school premises in Kalewadi; school principal Anita Totlani. 
Pics/Navnath Kaple 

A security guard informed the fire brigade about the burning bus. Pravin Totlani, trustee of the Thavardas Dayaram Education and Social Welfare Trust, which runs the school, said he received a call from the locals saying that someone had torched a bus on the school's premises. 

School Principal Anita Totlani said, "This happened when the security guard had gone to the washroom. As he returned, he saw that the bus was on fire around 3.30 am. He then alerted the locals and the fire brigade." 
Totlani suspects the role of Pravin Tak behind this incident. She said, "Tak's daughter Aanchal studies in Junior KG in our school. Last August, we had had taken disciplinary action against her for not maintaining cleanliness. Following this, Tak had threatened me in front of everyone of dire consequences in August."

Totlani informed that following Tak's threat she had lodged a complaint with Kalewadi police. "The police had not taken any action against this person. And I have every reason to believe that he is behind this act."

Police say
Senior Police Inspector Shantaram Tayde from the Sangavi police station said, "There was a little possibility of girl's parents' involvement in this act, considering that the student is studying in the same school even now. The school has a strong gate and moreover, the security guard had told us that he had not seen anyone entering the premises. We suspect that the fire was due to a short circuit, but even then we are considering all the angles related to the incident."

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