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Budhia fails to visit 'Dear Sir'

Budhia remains confined to his room as his mother Sukanti Singh does not allow him to attend Biranchi Das' last rites on security grounds.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2008 08:30 PM IST

Though hundreds of mourners paid tribute to slain coach Biranchi Das, who was gunned down on Sunday evening, his former disciple and child runner Budhia Singh failed to visit his "Dear Sir".

Budhia remained confined to his room at the sports hostel here as his mother Sukanti Singh did not allow him to move out on security grounds.

She said her well-wishers at Salia Sahi slum had asked her not to go outside or allow the boy to come out of the hostel at this juncture.

"Though we are extremly sad over the incident, it will not be wise to visit Judo Hall (where his body has been kept for the public to pay their tributes) or the hospital to have a glimpse," Sukanti told reporters at her house.

The body of Das was kept at the Judo Hall where sports lovers and admirers of the Judo trainer from across the state paid floral tributes to him.

Sukanti's apprehension had a basis as she had lodged a complaint against Das accusing him of physically torturing the boy. Das was also jailed for about a week on the basis of Sukanti's allegation.

"I am keen to pay homage. But others may create a scene as I had filed a case against him," Sukanti said.
A wreath was, however, placed on behalf of Budhia.

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