Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Nov 7:

In a tragic incident, a class-VII student died as a school bus hit the bicycle on which he was travelling at Tarini Chhak in Odisha’s Balasore district this morning.


The deceased was identified as Bhabani Shankar Mohanty (12) of Mahadev Sahi in Basta here.

According to reports, the mishap took place when Mohanty was on the way to school riding his bicycle. A speeding school bus coming from opposite direction hit the bicycle killing the minor boy on the spot.

Tension gripped the spot following the incident as irate locals staged road blockade by burning tyres demanding speed breakers on the road as seven schools are located nearby.

On being informed, police and district administration officials reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitators. While the district Collector announced an assistance of Rs 10,000 from Red Cross Fund, the local Tehsildar announced an ex-gratia of same amount.