A 10-year-old student reportedly fell to his death from the second floor of a residential school here on Tuesday while trying to escape from the place.
Two Town CI G Vijay Kumar told newsmen here that Banda Sai Prasad was forcibly admitted in the fourth class of the Valmiki Vidyalam here about 15 days ago. Unable to study or adjust to the hostel environment, he had tried to run away twice in the last 10 days, the last being on Monday.
However, his mother Shoba and other relatives brought him back to the school-cum-hostel on both occasions. This was corroborated by school vice-principal Mukunda Reddy.
Around 6 am on Tuesday, Prasad was found lying dead in a pool of blood with head injuries near the hostel building. It is suspected that he may have slipped and fallen down while trying to escape again by climbing down a drainage pipe from the second floor roof. In view of Prasad’s poor family background, the school management had provided him free accommodation in the hostel.
Following the incident, SFI activists staged a dharna at the school and demanded suitable compensation for Prasad’s family. The Two Town police have a registered a case of suspicious death and taken up investigations. Meanwhile, Sai Prasad’s aunt Komala alleged that unable to bear the harassment of the hostel warden, the boy tried to run away from the school. “ When they (hostel authorities) took Sai Prasad back to the hostel on Monday after he made a vain bid to flee from the premises, he (Sai) was scolded by the hostel warden,” she said.
Student organisations including the SFI called for private schools bandh on Wednesday.