ZP to order official probe into death of girl student at hostel

Staff Correspondent

Action to be taken against authorities once report comes in

Reports suggest Beena died of complications due to malaria MCC accused of failing to tackle the disease effectively

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat at its fifth general meeting here on Wednesday decided to order an official inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of Beena, a ninth standard student staying at the Kudmul Ranga Rao hostel run by the Department of Social Welfare on Monday.

Mr. Kunjappa said he had taken into account the feelings expressed by members who had expressed their outrage over the alleged callousness of officials and the hostel warden towards the incident. He said action would be initiated against the hostel authorities concerned soon after Mr. Shivashankar had inquired into the incident and submitted a report to him. Dr. Jagannath said that according to preliminary reports, it was apparent that Beena had suffered a fatal haemorrhage due to complications arising out of a virulent strain of malaria.

District Social Welfare officer Thimappa admitted that there had been a delay on the part of the department officials in conveying the seriousness of Beena's condition to her parents on Sunday when her condition had deteriorated.

The issue came to the fore when Thungappa Bangera, a panchayat member, referred to reports on Beena's death and accused the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) authorities of having failed to tackle malaria effectively in the areas under their limits.