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Saturday , May 18 , 2013
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Missing student dead in mine

The bloated body of a 16-year-old Bokaro schoolboy, with deep injury marks on his neck, was recovered on Friday morning from a waterlogged stone crushing mine, six days after his father reported his disappearance at Pindrajora police station.

Class IX student Parshuram Gope or Mantosh of premier Chas cradle Crescent Public School was found dead at a Narayanpur (Pindrajora) mine flooded with rainwater. The nature of multiple injuries on his neck and body points to foul play, but police do not want to comment on the cause of death before post-mortem at the Chas subdivision hospital.

Parshuram, son of Bokaro Steel Limited employee J.L. Gope, stayed at Bandhgoda, Pindrajora, 15km from the city, with his parents, six sisters and a younger brother. On May 11, he left home on his cycle saying he was off to meet a friend at Chas township, but never returned. That evening, Gope lodged a missing diary with Pindrajora police.

On Friday at 7.30am, when Parshuram’s body was found, his father was in Patna to identify the unclaimed body of a teenager. Ironically, Parshuram’s body was found only a kilometre away from his home. Police called up Gope about the body’s recovery.

Police added that Parshuram, who had accidentally left his cellphone at home on that fateful day, received an SMS from a girl of Chira locality in Chas, asking him to meet her.

His family members told Chas DSP B. Kullu that two days after his disappearance, on May 13, the girl turned up in person at Parshuram’s home, asking his parents to hand her the boy’s cellphone so that she could delete all her SMSes. They refused.

Chas DSP Kullu said they were looking into the boy’s call records and would interrogate his friends, including the girl. “At this point, we can only call it a suspicious death. A clearer picture will emerge from post-mortem and interrogations,” he said.

In recent times, Bokaro has witnessed teen deaths — mostly by drowning — regularly. The Bokaro steel plant cooling pond alone has been a watery grave for 15 persons in 15 months.