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Sunday, January 5, 2014

219 - Can't keep an eye on all students, says IIT-Kanpur Dean - Business Standard

Press Trust of India  |  Kanpur  January 3, 2014

Following the death of a student of IIT-Kanpur on January 1 under mysterious circumstances here, a Dean of the premier institute today said the administration "can't keep an eye" on every student.

"There are about 6,300 students at IIT-Kanpur. We can't keep an eye on all of them whether they are in their rooms or moving around on rail tracks," Students Welfare Dean Prof A K Ghosh said.

He said the student's body has been handed over to his parents, after a post-mortem.

The body of G Sai Kumar Reddy (20), a resident of Prakasham district in Andhra Pradesh, was found along the Kanpur-Farrukhabad railway line on January 1.

As per the post-mortem report, he was hit by a heavy object on head, due to which it is assumed that he might have been hit by a train accidentally, Ghosh said, adding he does not believe that Reddy had committed suicide.

Reddy's family believes the student was not under any mental agony or pressure and he has not left any suicide note either, he said.

The police report also says it could be an accidental death, he added.

Asked if it was, indeed, an accident, then why a four-member probe panel has been formed, Ghosh said the committee will find out the truth about the incident.

This is the 10th incident at IIT-Kanpur since 2005 in which a student has died under mysterious circumstances, according to an official of the institute.

According to an RTI reply, eight students have committed suicide at IIT-Kanpur between 2005 and 2010, but the institute never formed a committee to probe the incidents but only constituted fact-finding committees.

The institute said, in its reply to the RTI query, that they can't reveal the findings of the committee to media or public as it was its internal matter.

218 - IIT-K student death: Parents suspect murder - TNN

TNN Jan 3, 2014, 12.37AM IST

Ongole: The mysterious death of IIT Kanpur student G Sai Kumar Reddy left his parents shell-shocked. A native of Prakasam district, Sai Kumar was a second year engineering (materials science) student at IIT, Kanpur. 

The boy's father Srinivasulu Reddy is a constable with Armed Reserve police in Ongole town. Srinivasulu Reddy suspects that his son could have been murdered. He said his son was not a coward to commit suicide.

217 - IIT graduate commits suicide - Business Standard

Press Trust of India  |  Patna  January 1, 2014

An IIT-Kanpur graduate today committed suicide at his home in Salimpur Ahra area in the state capital, a police officer said.

The 28-year-old Ayush Kirti hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan apparently due to depression as he was not able to get a job for some years, Gandhi Maidan police station in-charge Rajbindu said.

The body has been sent for post-mortem and a case has been registered, he said.

216 - Suicide or Murder: IIT Kanpur student from Andhra Pradesh found dead - One India

Posted by: Nairita Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 12:37 [IST]

Kanpur:Jan 2: G Saikumar Reddy, a young engineering student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has been found dead in a suspicious circumstances. Body of the 19-year-old student has been found alongside railway track in city on Wednesday, Jan 1. Kanpur Police have not yet disclosed the reasons behind his death. 

According to sources, initial evidences hinted that it was a case of suicide. However, cops also claimed that it could be a case of murder. Reddy's body was found with severe head injuries in the wee hours of Wednesday. He hailed from Prakasham district of Andhra Pradesh. He was a second year Materials Science and Engineering student. Reddy's body was found with severe head injuries in the wee hours of Wednesday Police collected autopsy report which said that the reason behind the death was head injury. 

Meanwhile, IIT-Kanpur too has begun a probe into the case to ascertain the reason behind Reddy's death. AK Ghosh, Dean of Students Affairs, was quoted as saying, "We are investigating the case. We can't call it a suicide as his body was not cut into pieces and he might have gone out and hit the train accidentally. There is a dhaba near the accident spot." 

Overruling any report suggesting that the student was in depression, Mr Ghosh added, "We are investigating it. He was an average student." His parents have been informed about the incident and they are yet to reach Kanpur. The institute had expressed condolence with the sudden demise of the student. 
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