Asifabad Ashram Student Dies, Student Unions Appeal to Wide Range of Educational Institutions – Edexlive

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Protests erupted after a 15-year-old Class X student, identified as Alam Rajesh, died of a suspected viral fever at Eluru Ashram School located at Panchkalpet mandal of Komaram Bheem Asifabad district. A bandh was called today, Thursday August 25, to protest the incident, as noted in a report by The new Indian Express.

Students and their family members staged a protest outside the hospital and blocked the road between Mancherial and Asifabad, accusing the hostel authorities of negligence. They said Rajesh had been suffering from a fever for three days but authorities had not provided him with treatment.

Protesters said the boy finally received treatment after his parents arrived at the hostel and transferred him to hospital. However, doctors at Asifabad hospital referred him to RIMS government hospital but he died en route, protesters said.

Protesters have alleged that government school students at the ashram suffer from food poisoning, are anemic and suffer from stomach aches, but their health issues are being overlooked by authorities.

Asifabad RDO Siddam Dattu traveled to the scene and secured the action. The police moved the body to the village of Rajesh.

Meanwhile, student union leaders today called on a group of educational institutions in the district to protest what they said was ‘negligence’ by authorities that led to Rajesh’s death.

They also alleged that officials and administration failed to support the student’s family.

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Martha K. Merrill