Kanpur: The first-year BTech student of IIT
Kanpur, who allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room
yesterday, may have taken the extreme step due to a failed
love affair or home sickness, authorities of the premier
institute said on Friday.
Mehtab Ahmed, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, was
found hanging in his hostel room.
"Some love poems have been recovered from his room and we
suspect that a failed love affair may be the reason for him
to commit suicide. However, nothing can be said for certain as
of now," IIT-K Director Sanjay Dhande said.
The 19-year-old, whose home town is 80 kms from here,
used to be homesick and often visited there, he said.
A message that he was "tired of IIT" has also been found
written on his room`s wall, Dhande said.
To a question if Ahmed was driven to suicide because of
ragging, Dhande said the boy was in constant touch with the
the institution`s counselling team and would have told them if
he was facing any problem.
Meanwhile, Circle Officer of Kalyanpur police station
Shailendra Lal said that it was not clear for whom the love
poems were meant, or who the three persons addressed in his
IIT-K has already constituted a four-member fact finding
committee to probe the death.
This is the ninth such case of suicide in past six years.