A crowd joined guardians of a missing Class IX student of a residential school in Beleghata to search for the boy on the institute’s premises on Sunday.
They alleged that Shantanu Mandal has been missing since a senior assaulted him on September 9.
There was a buzz on Sunday that the boy had been murdered and the body buried on the school campus. The guardians and a group of people searched the premises but couldn’t find any spot that betrayed signs of a burial.
The boy’s friends said a Class X student had beat him for sneaking out of the hostel after school. Shantanu had apparently informed the hostel superintendents about the assault before he disappeared.
The school authorities called his family in Basanti, South 24-Parganas, to know if he had gone home.
The next day, the family lodged a complaint of abduction with Beleghata police station without naming anybody.