A class 4 student died after he was allegedly beaten up by a senior following a fight in the premises of a government-run tribal welfare residential school in Khammam town in Telangana on Tuesday, police said.

The incident took place at around 3.30 pm in the hostel of the school in Khammam, about 200 km from Hyderabad. The fourth standard boy, D Joseph died on the spot, a senior police official said.

The police have picked up the 15-year old boy who fatally attacked the victim for questioning, he said.

The accused, a class 10 student allegedly hit Joseph with a trunk box on his head and other body parts, resulting in his spot death.

Quoting preliminary investigation, the official said both the boys, staying at the hostel of the school, had a “heated argument” over some matter, leading to a fight.

Both the students are said to have gone around the town on a bicycle since morning.

On their return to the hostel, they had a fight over some issue. The elder one thrashed the younger severely causing him to bleed to death.

The hostel warden or any staff member was said to have not been around when the incident happened. Alerted about the body of a student lying in the hostel, the warden called the police.

The incident has triggered tension in the area as the relatives of the deceased and leaders of students’ groups ransacked the premises. They demanded action against the hostel warden for his negligence and justice for the deceased’s family.

Police shifted Joseph’s body for autopsy and launched an investigation.

(With agency inputs)