IIT-Kanpur student commits suicide
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 21:54
Kanpur: A first year BTech student of IIT-Kanpur on Thursday allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room, the ninth such case in five years, police said.

19-year-old Mehtab Ahmed, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, hanged himself in his hostel room, they said.

The reason as to why he took the extreme step was not immediately known.

The incident came to light when his friends found him hanging in his room and reported the matter to the authorities following which the warden rushed to the hostel and found him dead.

"Ahmed was a student of Material Science and Engineering and was living in Room No 307," IIT-K Director Sanjay Dhande said.

The IIT-K authorities immediately constituted a four-member committee to probe the matter and reported the incident to Kalyapur police station. The committee has been asked to submit its report within a week, he said.

Dhande said Ahmed had taken admission in IIT-K just two months back.

Asked if he was driven to suicide because of ragging, he said the matter was being looked into, but, prima facie it did not appear to be so.

Meanwhile, IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said the boy's family members have been informed.

The news of his suicide created flutter inside the campus as this was the ninth such case during the last five years.

Reply to an RTI query showed that from 2005 to 2010, two girl students and six boys of IIT-K have committed suicide.

Five students committed suicide in their hostel rooms, one jumped from the roof of a building in the campus and another jumped in front of a moving train. Yet another had consumed poison.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 21:54

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