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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Tension erupted in Balasore on Tuesday following the death of a Class X student allegedly due to suicide. The body of the deceased, who was studying in a private school in the area, was found near a railway track yesterday.

Alleging that the school authorities are responsible for his son’s death, the deceased’s father Santosh Kumar Panda staged a dharna in front of the school gate. 

The family members of the deceased have also lodged a police complaint against the school principal, a teacher and classmate of the boy.

As per the allegations by Panda, one of his son’s classmates had assaulted his son. Though he complained about the incident before the principal, no action was taken against him. His son went to the school the next day following the incident, but never came back. Subsequently, his body was recovered from a railway track near the school.

“My son died due to the torture by his classmate and negligent attitude by the school authorities to resolve the issue. I demand strong action against the culprits,” said Panda.

However, the school authorities refuted all the allegations made by Panda.

“There was a brawl between both the students outside the school campus around five days ago. Our teachers had pacified the duo. We have no knowledge about the subsequent development which might have happened outside the school campus,” said the school administrative officer, Jitendra Mishra.

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