Seven-year-old boy dies in Mysuru school, case of unnatural death registered

The KSPCRC chairperson said that the boy was administered iron tablets on the same day.
Seven-year-old boy dies in Mysuru school, case of unnatural death registered
Seven-year-old boy dies in Mysuru school, case of unnatural death registered
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​A seven-year-old boy died in his school in Mysuru district on Tuesday after he complained of giddiness, police said.

Mohit Gowda, a Class 2 student at Pushpa Vidyalaya in Periyapatna taluk, died after he complained of giddiness.

This comes slightly over a year after Sanmith, son of Sohan, was found dead in a pond on June 12. He went missing after he left for school, and could not be found for two days.

ASP Hunsur Harish Pandey, who is the Investigating Officer of Mohit’s death, said that a case of unnatural death has been registered at the Periyapatna police station.  

Pandey said that the police asked the father to lodge a complaint so that the child’s death could be investigated as the other students’ parents were concerned.

“After the 2015 incident, the school had installed CCTV cameras at school. We examined the videos. The boy seemed fine and playful until minutes before he complained of giddiness. He went out of the classroom’s CCTV view for two minutes.  After that he started complaining of giddiness. The teachers are seen trying to helping the boy,” Pandey said.

“We have charted his movements 15 to 20 minutes before his condition worsened. He was active. He wanted to go to the restroom but suddenly changed his mind. We assume that was the time when he started to feel tired,” he added.

The school informed Mohit’s father Venkat, who is a BJP member. Upon reaching the school, Mohit’s father rushed him to KR Hospital, where doctors declared that Mohit was brought dead. 

“Probably it is a natural death but the post mortem will only confirm ​what happened​,” he said.

While the post mortem reports from KR hospital are awaited, the body has been taken by the parents for burial.​

Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Kripa Alva said that the case had been brought to the commission’s notice. “We’ve been informed that the child had been administered iron tablets along with the other children. We will look into the case.”

Pandey however, said neither the parents nor the school authorities had told them of this. 

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