Andhra Pradesh

Parents allege ragging led to Odisha student’s death

Sambalpur police to transfer case to PM Palem police

Sunday’s massive public outrage in Sambalpur district of Odisha, over the death of an Intermediate student, took a fresh turn with the Sambalpur police deciding to transfer the case to PM Palem Police Station in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

Shreyash Kesharwani (16), a native of Sambalpur, died on Saturday while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rourkela.

He was a student of Sri Chaitanya College in Visakhapatnam, and a few days back complained of pain in the leg.

The college warden reportedly took him to a doctor and got him treated, but the pain did not subside. Thereafter, his parents took him back to his native place and admitted him to a hospital, where he died.

According to his parents, in a dying statement Shreyash had stated that he was ragged in the college hostel and three to four students beat him up. He reportedly sustained injuries to his chest also. His parents allege that the college authorities misguided them by stating that their son fell down in the bathroom and sustained injuries.

The death of the student caused huge public outrage in Sambalpur, as public and local MLAs took to the streets and staged dharnas and protests. They even stopped buses and trains for some time.

Taking up the case, the Odisha Police approached the police in Visakhapatnam and have established contact with the PM Palem Police Station.

“We have received a communication from Govindpur police station in Sambalpur district, and we will re-register the case, once we officially receive the complaint,” said PM Palem Police Station Inspector K. Lakshmana Murthy.

According to the Inspector, the college management has denied the allegations.

This is the third incident in the recent times in the college and its branches, where allegations of ragging and scuffle between students from others States and locals have made into the news.

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Printable version | Jun 4, 2020 4:47:30 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/parents-allege-ragging-led-to-odisha-students-death/article22399576.ece

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