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Rashmi Ranjan

In a major twist to the Balasore residential college girl student’s death case, father of the deceased on Tuesday leveled serious allegation against the college authorities and termed the death of his daughter as a murder.

The deceased, identified as Savitri Behera, a resident of Bisoi area in Mayurbhanj district and a Plus 2 second-year student of Prince Residential College in Balasore, had died after falling from the hostel building on 19 May.

Talking to media, Pratap Chandra Behera, father of the deceased, alleged, "The college authorities had tried to suppress the matter by giving Rs 7 lakh. They had given Rs 2 lakh in cash and Rs 5 lakh in cheque. However, I returned the money."

"My daughter has not committed suicide. She was murdered. My daughter was living in the third floor. Then how can she fall from the fifth floor," Behera questioned.

Reacting to the allegations leveled by Behera, college accountant Sarat Chandra Padhi said the complaints are baseless.
"The police investigation into the matter is on and we are cooperating in the probe. No money has been offered to the deceased family," Padhi said.

On the fateful day, Savitri had spoken to his father over mobile phone at 9 pm. After just two hours, Savitri again called his father to complain that some of her roommates and the hostel warden were heckling her accusing her of stealing Rs 200 from another girl from the hostel.

After a few hours, the college authorities called Savitri’s father to inform him that their daughter had fallen off the hostel room and injured. By the time her parents reached Balasore, Savitri was already dead.

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