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Vizag cops begin probe as ragging death sparks fury in Sambalpur

Shreyas Ragging Death sambalpurWith Sambalpur seething in rage over the death of 16-year-old Shreyas Kesharwani allegedly due to ragging, Visakhapatnam police have already started an inquiry after their Sambalpur counterpart established contact with them.

While parents of Shreyas have accused three students of ragging and charged the management of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa with negligence, Pothina Mallayya (PM) Palem Police in Visakhapatnam said it would examine the video in which Shreyas had apparently named the students who had assaulted him. PM Palem Inspector K Lakshmana Murthy said Shreyas had informed Lakshmana Rao, vice-principal of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa, about severe body pains after “slipping in the bathroom”. He was soon taken to a hospital and his parents were informed about the matter.

“Odisha police say the parents of the student recorded a video before his death in which he has named the students who thrashed him. He has also blamed the management of negligence and said he had informed school authorities about his injuries,” Murthy explained. The inspector said the Vice-Principal ruled out the possibility of a fight between students and claimed Shreyas had approached him saying he had fallen down. Besides, all the three students against whom Shreyas had complained are on vacation, he said. “The video recording needs to be checked. Postmortem report will be crucial,” added Murthy.

Sambalpur SP Sanjiv Arora said a police team from Sambalpur is on its way to hand over the case to its Visakhapatnam counterpart. He has also written to his counterpart on the matter.Shreyas was allegedly thrashed by a few students of the college. He left for home in Garposh of Odisha citing ill health on December 29, but succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 6.

The boy’s death sparked protests in his hometown after his family held the college management responsible for his death as it could not prevent ragging. Irate locals blocked Bamra-Garposh road demanding action against the school management and the students who ragged the deceased. The demonstrators also staged a rail-roko at Garposh Railway Station to express their protest.

On December 29, Shreyas’s father Shailesh Kesharwani moved him to Odisha after a medical check-up. A few days later, the 16-year-old complained of severe pain in his chest and limbs. He was rushed to Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela and shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 5 after his condition deteriorated. However, he succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital on Saturday.
In-charge Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Kuchinda in Sambalpur Amitav Panda said the victim’s family had registered a complaint with the police against three students of the school.

Bandh in Sambalpur to protest the death of ragged student

Protest at Bamra Block, Bandh in sambalpurNormal life was hit as residents of Garposh under Bamra block staged an eight-hour bandh in sambalpur on Sunday due to a death of a Class XI student who allegedly died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar after being ragged in his school at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Bandh in Sambalpur to protest the death of a student Shreyash Kesharwani, who was beaten up by three to four students in Sri Chaitanya College at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Shops and markets remained closed at Garposh which is a business centre of Bamra. Irate locals blocked Bamra-Garposh road keeping the body of the 16-year-old Shreyash Kesharwani at Garposh Chowk. The agitators demanded action against the culprits involved in the ragging and the school authorities.

The bandh in sambalpur began at around 6 am in the morning and continued till 2 pm. Kuchinda legislator Rabi Naik and former MLA Rajendra Chhatria also joined the agitators. This apart, locals also staged rail roko at Garposh railway station and detained Rourkela-Sambalpur DMU besides two goods trains for about one hour.

However, the agitators called off the rail roko after district officials and police assured them of a proper investigation into the incident.

Rail Roko, Bandh in sambalpur As per reports, Shreyash was staying in school hostel at Visakhapatnam. On December 26, some students allegedly thrashed Shreyash severely. He sustained injuries and informed the school vice-principal about the incident. Subsequently, he was treated at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam.

Two days after the incident, Shreyash callled his father Sailesh Kesharwani and informed that he had slipped in the bathroom. Sailesh went to Visakhapatnam and brought his son with him on December 30. However, Shreyash did not tell the real cause of his injury to his father even after reaching home.

A few days later, the 16-year-old complained of severe chest pain and pain in his limbs. He was rushed to Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela and shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 5 after his condition deteriorated. However, he succumbed while undergoing treatment at the hospital in the Capital on Saturday.

In-charge SDPO of Kuchinda Amitav Panda said the victim’s family has lodged complaint against three students of the school. The complaint will be transferred to Pothinamallayya Palem police station in Visakhapatnam as the incident had occurred under its jurisdiction.

Sambalpur boy dies after being ‘ragged’

A 16-year-old Sambalpur boy, who had allegedly faced ragging at his school in Andhra Pradesh in December last year, died in a hospital in the Capital on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Shreyash Kesharwani of Garposh village in Sambalpur district. He was studying at a school in Visakhapatnam.According to Nilesh Kesharwani, uncle of Shreyash, his nephew was savagely beaten by his colleagues in December and he was threatened not to reveal about the incident to anyone.

“Shreyash had not informed about the incident for about two days. He later called his father Sailesh and my brother rushed to bring him back,” Nilesh said.“Shreyash was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam and the doctors had advised him one month bed rest. My brother brought him back, but his condition deteriorated. We then admitted him at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he died on Saturday,” he added.

The family members of Shreyash, who was studying in Class XI, alleged that the school authorities had also not informed them about the incident. The deceased had reportedly developed some heart and lungs ailment after the incident. Meanwhile, Shreyash’s family have lodged a complaint in this regard with Sambalpur police.

BSE zonal office sambalpur shift to new building

More than four decades after it started functioning here in 1975, BSE zonal office will have its own new building near the Jail chowk.

The BSE zonal office is currently functioning from a rented building near Sen park in the city. The new building has been constructed near the Jail chowk. The office will start functioning from its own new building by December 31.

Deputy Secretary of BSE, Balram Hota said: “The building has been constructed over 8000 square feet area at an estimated cost of Rs 1.67 crore. Public Works Department (PWD) executed the construction work.”

“We had planned to shift to the new building on December 20 but we could not shift as the electricity connection to the new building is yet to be supplied. We have set a target to shift to our own building by December 31,” he added.

The Zonal Office of the BSE is responsible for smooth conduct of the examination, publication of results, issue of certificates and correction of certificates.

The zonal office of BSE here caters to nine districts in western region – Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.

There are 2095 schools with around 1.5 lakh students under its jurisdiction.

“Long standing problem of the zonal office here will be resolved after the office starts functioning from its own building. We are waiting for the PWD to take steps for the electricity connection to the new building,” said Hota.

Sambalpur Police close eyes to trafficking by transgenders

A couple of years ago, a transgender was remanded in judicial custody after being arrested and produced in court by Bargarh police over some case. But it turned out to be a nightmarish experience for the jail authorities to find a suitable accommodation for the prisoner on the jail premises. Neither the accused could be accommodated with male prisoners nor with women prisoners. Finally, the jailer housed the transgender prisoner in his office chamber and later, the prisoner was let out on bail.

Perhaps this could be the reason why the Sambalpur police has turned a blind eye to a group of transgenders offering unnatural sex to commuters on the road linking Baraipali with Ainthapali. They descend on Ainthapali Chowk during night and move towards the IMFL outlet mingling with crowd.

Though an on-shop where one is not allowed to consume liquor, it acts like an off-shop and customers enjoy their drinks with push carts rolling out snacks. Here the transgenders make money and later move to desolate area near a closed office where they indulge in the illegal activity till late in the night.

With garish makeup and trendy and hugging scanty outfits, one can hardly make out whether they are girls or transgenders till they speak out with their gruffly voice. They have regular customers. The virtually abandoned premises of the office is used to carry out their trade.

The presence of the transgenders has forced the commuters to take the Highway route instead of driving on the service road. Although PCR vehicle is seen patrolling at the spot, the police seem to be more interested in collecting money from parked trucks than driving them out.

Social activist and transgender Mira Parida said irrespective of gender, every individual has biological urge but privacy needs to be maintained. The circumstances under which they are into the trade also needs to be reviewed, Mira said, adding that the State Government should take steps to provide livelihood to transgenders.

When contacted, Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora assured that action would be taken. He said a cell can be earmarked in Sambalpur Circle Jail to house transgenders and directed the Ainthapali police to round them up and book them under relevant sections of IPC.