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Schools take break in numb Hazaribagh

All schools in Hazaribagh will be shut on Tuesday and Wednesday in view of the cold wave conditions prevailing in the district, but students of class XI and XII will have to brave the weather and attend classes.

Deputy commissioner Manish Ranjan issued instructions to this effect to all schools on Monday after reports came in that a 45-year-old man had succumbed to the freezing temperatures, 3.2°C on Sunday and a marginally better 4.1°C on Monday.

According to sources, Ranjan’s order was meant for both government and private schools although senior schools students had been kept out of the purview of his closure notice.

The deputy commissioner’s order has inspired at least one school to consider the plight of its senior students. DAV Public School has decided to change school timings for classes XI and XII. Aswini Kumar, a teacher with the school, said senior school classes would now start at 9am and get over by 1pm everyday.

Parents welcomed Ranjan’s order saying it had become difficult to send children to school amid the extreme temperatures.

On Monday, the winter claimed its sixth victim in Hazaribagh. The deceased, identified as 45-year-old Sanjay Kumar, was sleeping near the entrance of Daily Market on Congress Office Road.

Social worker Mohammad Khalid took the trouble of transporting his body to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital for post-mortem. “We have informed Sanjay’s family who are in West Bokaro of Ramgarh district,” he added.

Doctors at the hospital claimed they were treating a large number of patients, including children, with stomach disorders. “Everyone must take precautions. People must ensure they leave their homes wearing proper warm clothes,” said a senior doctor.

Business in the town is also down, with most people preferring to stay indoors. Sushant Gupta, a businessman from Malviya Marg, said very few customers were coming to markets in the evening these days.


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