A STUDENT is dead and two others are missing after a rugby match turned violent
in Kerowagi on Saturday.
The deceased, a Grade 11 student of Kerowagi
Secondary School, was found dead near Koronigle Bridge.
It is believed that
he was struck on the head with a stone.
Earlier, his school and the Kondiu
Secondary School had competed in a schoolboys rugby league match.
after the game ended, a fight broke out between the students.
student said he and his schoolmates managed to flee from the Kerowagi school
compound through a small gate.
However, some ran towards an unused airstrip
towards Gena and others along the main road towards Koronigle.
that the dead student was among the group which ran towards Koronigle.
During a roll check on Monday, the two students were missing, he
Chimbu police commander Supt Michael Wellsh confirmed yesterday that
after the game, one group incited the other and a fight broke out.
some criminals also joined the melee and chased the Kondiu students.
handful of policemen were present but were outnumbered.
Wellsh said his men
tried to bring the situation under control but were overwhelmed.
evening when police went to Kondiu to check if the students had returned
safely, they were attacked.
Two policemen sustained minor injuries while the
police vehicle was badly damaged.
Wellsh said the incident was being
investigated and some arrests would be made soon.
The Kondiu school
principal who accompanied the student’s body to Goroka could not be reached for
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