A school student, who was trying to access online learning material and chasing an Internet signal, died after falling from a hillock in Odisha's Rayagada district on Tuesday. The deceased student identified as Adria Jagaranga was studying in Class 7 in a Bhubaneswar-based school. As schools were close on account of COVID-19 restrictions, he was stranded in his remote Kandhapanduraguda village under Padmapur block of southern Rayagada district. Hiren Bhati, a sub-inspector of police in Padmapur police station who investigated the incident, said, "The village is situated about 70 km from Rayagada district headquarters. During the probe, I too could not catch a signal in the village. One could get mobile signal at about 400 metres from the village where the accident happened." "The deceased had climbed on a unstable rock, which was dangerously positioned on another big boulder. Four children who had accompanied him to the hill said he was having a smartphone with him. He fell from a height in the afternoon," said Mr. Bhati. The boy was rushed to a hospital at Padmapur block hospital where he succumbed to injuries. His family members told investigators that Adria used to go the hill to study on a regular… Read full this story
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