Jharsuguda: Two school student drowned while taking bath in a pond at Belpahar on Friday afternoon.
The deceased students were identified as Khetrabasi Sona (12) of Class 7 and Chinmoy Yadav (9) of Class 4 both studying at Gumadera Project U.P. School, Malipada of Belpahar
Report said, the two students had bunked the school and had gone for taking a bath near Tanamunda pond located near Malipada, but they drowned while having a bath. Villagers first spotted the two students and rushed to the spot to rescue them. However, they were found dead, when they were fished out from the pond. The incident caused tension in that area. the locals blocked the Belpahar – Bandhabahal road infront of Jagganath Temple demanding immediate action against the school authorities.
Police along with Dist. Administration officials rushed to the spot to persuade the irate mob to withdraw the road blockade. Lakahanpur Tehsildar Dolamani Patel, Belpahar RI Somanth Sahoo, Belpahar Municipality, Chairman, Parsuram Sahu, Lakahnpur IIC B.B. Seth and Belpahar IIC Suresh Sahoo were present during the discussion.
Till the last report came in,the Block Education Officer have suspended three teachers of that school.