Tripura boy beaten to death
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Happy Debbarma, a Class IX student of Holy Cross School at Pabiachhara in Kumarghat, Tripura died last week at GBP hospital due to injury he received in the hostel for opposing conversion to Christianity.

The late student was allegedly tortured repeatedly by the hostel warden Bulchung Halam.

According to reports, the teenager died due to internal injury following a brutal attack on the last week of September this year.

Reportedly the warden entered the teenager’s room on September 25 and repeatedly kicked him and injured him severely.

An FIR was lodged against Bulchung Halam, Father Joe Paul, Father Alfred, and Father Lency D’Souza and they were later arrested by the police.

Father Joe Paul and Father Alfred were later released on bail and Father Lency D’Souza and Bulchung Halam were sent to judicial custody for their ‘direct involvement’ in the crime.

As per reports, the dead teenager was severely punched on his chest and was also kicked several times after he collapsed.

“The in-charge of the school Father Lency D’Souza knew about the torture. Happy was given preliminary treatment and let go with a warning to not disclose about it to others,” the report added.

When the teenager reached home for vacations the next day, he complained of severe chest pain and he was taken to a private doctor.

“When his situation did not improve, Happy’s parents admitted him to Agartala Government Medical College, where doctors attending him found serious internal damage in his respiratory system, heart and lungs,” the report added.

“His condition gradually deteriorated in the hospital and he revealed how and why he was tortured in the school and how he was injured,” police informed.

The state government has also initiated a judicial inquiry into the incident.

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