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14 years old boy dies due to gutkha consumption

Umesh Roy (14), son of Sivsaran Roy, was found dead on September 20 at Namrup. The reason of the death was believed to be regular consumption of gutkha (sikhar). According to his parents, he goes to school as well as works in a shop to support the family. Sometimes he suffered stomach pain and on September 20 he was vomiting and died on the way to hospital. According to local people who are close to Umesh, he use to consume an average of 20 packets of sikhar daily. The post mortem report said stomach ulcer and bleeding.

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