Boy kills self after father refuses to buy mobile

Behrampore (West Bengal): A middle-school student allegedly committed suicide in Murshidabad district by consuming pesticide after his father, a farmer, could not afford to buy him an expensive mobile of his choice.

The 15-year-old boy Masud Sarkar was a class VIII student of Tentulia High School at Tentulia village.

Masud's father Mabibul Sarkar is a poor farmer, who turned down the boy's demand for a touchscreen mobile.

The family had two ordinary mobile phone sets.

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Masud consumed pesticide on Saturday night after which he was rushed to Lalbagh sub-divisional hospital where he died yesterday, hospital authorities said.

An unnatural death case has been lodged in this connection, Additional Superintendent of Police K Kannan said.

Subrata Biswas, Head Master of Tentulia High School said, Masud was an average student but was obedient and polite.

"This suicide incident which was a result of disappointment induced by failure to get a trendy phone has happened for the first time in our school," he said.

A memorial service was being held in the school today, he said.

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