Kin blame school for student's death

Kolkata: The family members of a Class-III boy, who died in a private hospital on Friday after he fell ill inside his school in Howrah, staged demonstration outside the school compound on Tuesday alleging negligence against the school authorities.

The deceased's family members also put up a block on Howrah-Andul road in the morning protesting against the death of the victim. The family members have demanded a thorough inquiry into the death of the student. The incident took place on last Friday after the victim, Soham Maity, a resident of Howrah's Andul went to his school.

He used to study in an English medium school in Andul area. Like other days, Soham was taken to the school by his family members. It was alleged that one of his class mates hit on his shoulder with a pen. As he was bleeding profusely, some of the school teachers took him to a private hospital in the area. He was later transferred to another private hospital in Park Circus area. The victim died in the hospital on Saturday morning.

The family members of the boy put the blame entirely on the school authorities.

They also alleged that school authorities did not inform the matter to them before shifting him to the hospital. The school authorities denied the allegations and said that they tried to reach the family members on their mobile phones but they could not be contacted. The school authorities also claimed that it was urgent to take the patient to hospital. They said when the sixth period was going on, the boy fell ill. The teachers did not waste time to take him to the hospital as they failed to contact his family members.

The family members came to know about the incident after the school was over.

The victim's parents alleged that the school authorities tried to suppress the incident of his falling ill only to shun their responsibilities. They also claimed Soham was completely fit when he went to the hospital on Friday. The road block continued for a few minutes on the Howrah-Andul road before the police officers reached the spot and dispersed the agitators.

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