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Saturday, September 7, 2013

209 - IIT Roorkee professor found dead on campus - TNN

D S Kunwar, TNN Aug 28, 2013, 06.35PM IST

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand police on Wednesday stepped up security in IITRoorkee after the body of a professor was found with his throat slit in his flat on campus.

Haridwar SSP Rajiv Swaroop said the body of senior professor in Electrical Computer Science department Ajay Kumar (60) was recovered on Wednesday.

Swaroop said police have yet to find out whether Kumar who was living alone in his official flat at the IIT campus committed suicide or was murdered.

"Till now, it is a mysterious case as circumstantial evidence gathered from the spot was not enough to ascertain the exact circumstances leading to Kumar's death," he said.

SP (rural) Ajay Singh said, "Police investigation is on. The possibility of murder can not be ruled out."

A senior professor in IIT said Kumar was often depressed due to his loneliness and had made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide two years ago. He said that Kumar's wife Madhulika had committed suicide two years ago and his three daughters resided abroad.

Singh said a case has been registered and the body sent for post-mortem examination. "We are still waiting for Kumar's close relatives to record their statements," said inspector-general of police (law and order) R S Meena.