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MP: 7-Year-Old Tribal Boy Killed At Govt Hostel, Two Staff Members Suspended

The Boy Was Found Unconscious In The Bathroom And Was Declared Dead On Arrival At A Nearby Hospital.

PTI | Updated on: 17 Jan 2020, 11:00:32 PM
7-year-old Suraj was found dead on Wednesday in a government hostel

7-year-old Suraj was found dead on Wednesday in a government hostel (Photo Credit: Representational Image)


The post mortem report of a 7-year-old tribal boy found dead on Wednesday in a government hostel in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal has revealed strangulation, following which a magisterial inquiry was ordered and two of the facility's staff suspended. Class I student Suraj, who lived with elder brother Deepak (9) in a government hostel in Patel Nagar here, was found unconscious in the bathroom and was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, said Piplani police station in charge Rakesh Shrivastava on Friday.

"The post mortem report, which came out on Thursday, has revealed he was strangled. A case has been registered and probe is on to nab the perpetrators," he told PTI.

Collector Tarun Pithode ordered a magisterial inquiry and suspended hostel superintendent Rechal Ram and supervisor Shakeel Qureshi.

State Tribal Welfare Minister Omkar Singh Markam visited the hostel on Friday and announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the family of the deceased.

"A probe has begun and strict action will be taken against the guilty," Markam told PTI.

Police said Suraj's father Rajesh Kharpe is a labourer based in Sehore, some 40 kilometres from Bhopal.

"Suraj was admitted in the hostel in July last year," an official said. 

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First Published : 17 Jan 2020, 11:00:32 PM