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Bus safety ring for trader’s son

The son of Patna City businessman Rajkishore Chaurasia can now go to school without fear.

The confusion over providing school bus service to his 15-year-old son ended on Thursday. The authorities of St Dominic Savio’s High School, Danapur, assured Chaurasia of full co-operation and security to his son. They told the trader that the school bus service would be provided to his ward.

The Class X student had stopped going to school since August 25, a day after Chaurasia received an anonymous threat call reminding him about the June 16 extortion letter demanding one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10,000 monthly.

“The school authorities had summoned me today for discussion. They were courteous and said that the school would take care of my son and that his on-campus security was their responsibility. The school would provide bus facility to my son on condition that a guardian accompanies him to the pick-up point till the bus arrives. When he alights from the bus after school, a guardian must be present at the bus stop to receive him. We reached an agreement in this connection. But I have been told to meet the school director on Monday,” Chaurasia told The Telegraph on Thursday.

Last week, Chaurasia had alleged that the school authorities were in two minds over offering his son school transport. The school had allegedly denied the bus facility to Chaurasia’s son. But later the authorities claimed that they had never shunned the student or denied him school transport.

“I really don’t want to think about the past. The school was apprehensive earlier and said a few things. My son is a good student but owing to the threat perception, he was not able to go to school since August 25. After I meet the director, my son will rejoin school,” the trader said.

Chaurasia said discussions were on with the school regarding his son studying from home. “I have requested the school to allow my son to study from home, if possible. Though the police are probing the case, the risk perception remains till the case is solved and the accused is/are arrested,” Chaurasia said.

The police went to Chaurasia’s computer coaching centre-cum-residence at Chowk Shikarpur on Tuesday and Wednesday. “They are conducting investigations on leads and treating the case as sensitive. I hope the case would be solved soon,” Chaurasia added.

The threat letter that Chaurasia received on June 16 said another computer coaching centre located in the same area had given a supaari (contract) of Rs 7 lakh to eliminate him and that could be stopped if Chaurasia paid extortion money. Chaurasia tried to lodge an FIR with Chowk police station but was not given any receipt against the complaint he submitted.

Then, on August 24, he received a reminder call for the extortion. Another call was made the next day. With the letter and the calls giving full details about his two sons, Chaurasia stopped sending his elder son, who stays at Danapur with his maternal grandmother, to school.

“My wife is presently staying with my elder son at Danapur. On Monday, the police said an FIR had been lodged and that I would be given a formal receipt for the same by this (Thursday) evening,” Chaurasia said.

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