GUNTUR: Unable to bear the death of their only son, a couple allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves at their house in second lane of Ravindra Nagar in the city during the early hours of Sunday.
According to information, Nune Vamsi Krishna, son of N Chandrasekhar (43), a grocery merchant, was a ninth class student at Chaitanya School. The boy who stayed in the school hostel at Reddypalem, fell ill in November last year. Having learnt about his illness, Chandrasekhar brought him home. After providing him proper medical treatment, Vamsi Krishna was sent to the hostel.
The boy fell ill again. After suffering from viral fever for three days, Vamsi Krishna died at the hostel on November 22. It was alleged that the school principal and the hostel authorities did not inform the parents of Vamsi Krishna about his illness.
Following the incident, student unions staged protests demanding action against the school principal holding him responsible for the death of Vamsi Krishna. A complaint was also lodged in Nallapadu police station seeking action against the school principal.
Unable to forget the lingering memories of Vamsi Krishna, the grief-stricken couple, Chandrasekar and Naveena, resorted to the extreme step, locals said.
On hearing the news of the couple’s suicide, activists of the CPI, YSR Congress Party, AISF, SFI and other student unions staged a dharna on the main road at Pattabhipuram demanding the arrest of Chaitanya School principal. They also demanded that an inquiry be ordered into the death of Vamsi Krishna. CPI district secretary Jangala Ajay Kumar, YSRCP leader Lella Appi Reddy, AISF State secretary M Subba Rao, SFI district secretary Bhagawan Das and others took part in the dharna. Traffic DSP K Srinivas talked to the agitating leaders and persuaded them to give up the protest by promising action against the guilty after probing the matter.
Pattabhipuram CI C Koteswara Rao said the bodies of Chandrasekhar and Naveena were handed over to their relatives after conducting postmortem. A case was registered.
District Education Officer K Srinivasulu Reddy said Chaitanya School did not have permission to run the hostel at Reddypalem. A notice was already issued to the school management in this regard, the DEO said.
Nallapadu Circle Inspector K Srinivasa Rao said chargesheet would be filed in the boy’s death case after receiving the report from the forensic lab in Hyderabad.