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Truant teenager kills self

A student of a reputable Bokaro cradle, who was not granted promotion to Class XII because of low attendance, hanged himself at home on Thursday morning.

Udyan Kumar Rajak, a resident of Sector IV and student of Sree Ayyappa Public School, did not leave behind a suicide note, but circumstantial evidence has led police to believe he chose the noose. The 18-year-old was found hanging around 7am in the locked bathroom of their residence on the first floor of a vehicle showroom where his father works.

Officer-in-charge of Sector IV police station Sunit Kumar said the teenager woke up early, but did not go to school because he had apparently lied to his parents about being promoted.

“The school had warned him against playing truant and had said he would be granted conditional promotion only if his parents made a request in person. But, the boy had already lied at home,” a police source said.

Family sources said that though the new session had started in the first week of April, Udyan was reluctant to go to school. On Thursday, his mother and sister pestered him to go following which the boy shut himself in the bathroom. He was found hanging from a water pipe some 15 minutes later.

A local doctor pronounced him dead and police sent the body for post-mortem.

“Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide. But, we will wait for the autopsy details and interrogate family members,” OC Kumar said.