Apparently upset with his father for refusing him to give mobile phone to play online game, a 15-year-old boy allegedly killed himself at Kuruda village under Bahanaga police limit in the district on Saturday.
According to reports, the boy asked his father to give his mobile phone for playing a game in the morning. But the father of the child turned down his demand. Later the boy was found hanging inside his house.
The father of the child rushed him to Soro medical in a critical condition. But he was declared dead by the doctor.
Meanwhile, in another unfortunate incident, a mobile phone suddenly exploded during online class of a class IX student at Mundiasahi village in Phulbani on Saturday.
But, fortunately the boy named Swatik Patnaik escaped unhurt during the incident.
"I was writing my assignments when the mobile phone exploded. By God’s grace nothing much happened. I am scared after the incident. Now I am worried that my study, which is mostly conducted online, will be severely affected. I have requested my father to buy me a new mobile phone of a good brand soon, so that I can resume my studies," said Swatik.
The incident comes as a warning for parents who are now increasingly allowing their kids access to mobile phones for their studies owing to closure of schools.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)