Ashram School’s Class X Student Has Been Missing For 10 Days – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BERHAMPUR: A class X student at an ashram school run by the SC/ST development department in Rayagada block has been missing for more than 10 days, raising questions about the prevailing security system in the ‘school. The missing student, originally from Bendalpas village in Kashipur block, was a boarder at Penikana public residential high school under the Dengalodi panchayat in Rayagada. He reportedly left his hostel on August 17 and, surprisingly, school authorities learned of his disappearance after a week.

The miner’s sister also studies at the same school, and the siblings would meet on weekends. As the boy did not show up to meet his sister on August 20 (a Saturday), she began to inquire about his brother’s whereabouts and learned that he had left the hostel on the 17 august. She then informed their father Chitra Nayak. On August 26, Chitra went to school and met headmaster Dambarudhar Kandhapani. The principal told Chitra that the student had taken his permission to go to his house.

Chitra searched for her son in the homes of their relatives in nearby villages. When he failed to find him, he filed a complaint with Dambarudhar at Sheskhol police station. Police registered a missing person case and began searching for the boy. A police team and district social worker Ashok Kumar Satpathy then visited the school and questioned the principal, hostel manager Ramesh Nayak and his classmates.
While Chitra has blamed the school authorities for her son’s disappearance, locals have alleged that the boys residing at the hostel are often seen wandering around the village market during odd hours.

The district welfare officer said a search was underway to locate the student and the incident would be investigated. “Teenage students from Kashipur often travel to other states in search of work. This angle behind the boy’s disappearance cannot be ruled out,” Ashok said. However, Director Damburudhar and Director Ramesh called the locals’ allegations baseless. They claimed that strict supervision was exercised over boarders who were only allowed out after obtaining permission. At least 327 students are enrolled in the boarding school, including 217 girls and 17 day schools.

BERHAMPUR: A class X student at an ashram school run by the SC/ST development department in Rayagada block has been missing for more than 10 days, raising questions about the prevailing security system in the ‘school. The missing student, originally from Bendalpas village in Kashipur block, was a boarder at Penikana public residential high school under the Dengalodi panchayat in Rayagada. He reportedly left his hostel on August 17 and, surprisingly, school authorities learned of his disappearance after a week. The miner’s sister also studies at the same school, and the siblings would meet on weekends. As the boy did not show up to meet his sister on August 20 (a Saturday), she began to inquire about his brother’s whereabouts and learned that he had left the hostel on the 17 august. She then informed their father Chitra Nayak. On August 26, Chitra went to school and met headmaster Dambarudhar Kandhapani. The principal told Chitra that the student had taken his permission to go to his house. Chitra searched for her son in the homes of their relatives in nearby villages. When he failed to find him, he filed a complaint with Dambarudhar at Sheskhol police station. Police registered a missing person case and began searching for the boy. A police team and district social worker Ashok Kumar Satpathy then visited the school and questioned the principal, hostel manager Ramesh Nayak and his classmates. While Chitra has blamed the school authorities for her son’s disappearance, locals have alleged that the boys residing at the hostel are often seen wandering around the village market during odd hours. The district welfare officer said a search was underway to locate the student and the incident would be investigated. “Teenage students from Kashipur often travel to other states in search of work. This angle behind the boy’s disappearance cannot be ruled out,” Ashok said. However, Director Damburudhar and Director Ramesh called the locals’ allegations baseless. They claimed that strict supervision was exercised over boarders who were only allowed out after obtaining permission. At least 327 students are enrolled in the boarding school, including 217 girls and 17 day schools.

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