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Father visits hostel, but son missing

Balurghat, Dec. 9: The father of a Class VIII student filed a complaint against the authorities of a school today for not informing him or police when the boy went missing from the hostel nearly a month ago.

Kalia Kujur said in his complaint that the school was irresponsible and negligent before filing a missing persons diary with the Balurghat police station.

Kalia, a farmer who lives in Kanial in Tapan, 24km from here, said he had admitted his son Ashis to Khadimpur High School four years ago. “Since he was in Class V, he has been studying in the school and staying at the hostel.

“My son left home for the hostel on November 5. I came to the hostel to meet him on December 7. When I was told that he was not there, I met school headmaster Dipak Kumar Mondol who told me that my son has not been seen in the hostel since November 12,” Kalia alleged.

The farmer also said Mondol had misbehaved with him when he wanted to know why neither him nor the police were informed about his son’s disappearance.

“The headmaster told me my son had probably run away to Delhi or Mumbai. He behaved very rudely with me.” Mondol on the other hand claimed that only yesterday he had come to know that Ashis has been missing.

“I have made inquiries and the other boarders at the hostel said the boy had been given Rs 2,000 as stipend and had taken the money home,” the headmaster claimed. He, however, denied misbehaving with the boy’s father.

The Rs 2,000 is the government educational stipend that Ashis is entitled to as he is Scheduled Tribe student.

Asked why no missing diary had been filed, the headmaster said he would make inquiries about the boy’s whereabouts in the next two days and if he was still not found, a formal complaint would be filed.

The district inspector of Higher Secondary schools, Bireswar Roy, could not be contacted as he is on leave.

An official of the district H.S. council said negligence on part of the schools would not be tolerated. “The headmaster cannot evade his responsibility and take matters so lightly,” the official said.

Inquiries at the hostel revealed that there was no superintendent and the headmaster ran it with the help of a few staff members. Currently the hostel has 58 boys. The boarders, who were reluctant to talk, however, claimed that some of the teachers knew about Ashis’s disappearance.

The inspector-in-charge of Balurghat police station, Manoj Modak, said he had received the complaint from the boy’s father.

“We are looking for the boy and other police stations have been alerted along with the GRP. We are also investigating whether there were any lapses on the part of the school authorities,” Modak said.

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