A Class 4 student died in a fight with a Class 10 student at a hostel in Telangana's Khammam district, police said on Wednesday.
Nine-year-old D Joseph was found dead with bleeding injuries on Tuesday evening at the government-run tribal welfare residential school in Khammam town.
Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the boy died during a fight with the senior student, aged 15.
The accused allegedly hit Joseph with a trunk box on his head and other body parts, resulting in his spot death.
Since the residential school runs classes up to fourth, the accused was studying in a private school but was staying at the same premises.
Both the students 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 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.