Himansu Shekhar Rout

A girl student was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Chandamala in Bhadrak district on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Arpita Behera, a student of Plus-II Science.

As per reports, Arpita had spoken to her mother Puspalata on the phone at around 6.30 am on Saturday and later wished her brother well for his good performance in the annual HSC exams. 

A few moments later, her family members received a call from the school authorities that as Arpita had been hospitalised, the family was required to reach the hospital soon. The family members rushed to the Basudevpur hospital, but by then Arpita had died. 

Arpita’s family suspected foul play and held the school authorities responsible for her death. They filed a complaint at Kasia Marine Police Station alleging that she might have been killed.

Arpita’s mother said, “The school authorities did not tell me what exactly happened to my daughter in the school. They have killed my daughter. She was never under mental pressure."   

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Abhaya Kandi, a teacher of Navodaya Vidyalaya said, “The student was not in the assembly session. As the class teacher failed to find Arpita in the assembly session, he immediately informed the principal in-charge. The principal immediately contacted the matron to see if the student was in her room. The matron found the student hanging in the room.”  

Meanwhile, police registered a case and started an investigation into the matter.

No reaction was received from the police.

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  • Suryadoya Biswal