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Monday, March 31, 2014

237 - Second suicide at IIT hostel in fortnight - Telegraph India

Second suicide at IIT hostel in fortnight


Kharagpur, March 30: An IIT Kharagpur student hailing from Rajasthan was today found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room and a note found on his bed said: “Mother, forgive me.”

Police said Lokesh Kumar Goyel, 22, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, apparently committed suicide because he was suffering from “some kind of depression”.

The alleged suicide comes days after another IIT student from Andhra Pradesh hanged himself to death on March 17, upset with not getting the job of his choice.

It could not be immediately confirmed if Lokesh, who was described by IIT authorities as a good student and a jovial person, was unhappy with any job interview.

A police officer said: “We found a three-line note lying on the bed addressed to his mother. The note said: ‘Mother forgive me for what I have done in four years’. However, the lines were scratched out with a pencil. We suspect the student was suffering from some kind of depression. We are waiting for the post-mortem report.”

IIT registrar Tapan Kumar Ghosal said the news of Lokesh’s death came as a “shock” to him. “It was a shock. He was a good student and performed well in his semesters. He was a jovial person, too. Yesterday, he had dinner with his friends in the hostel. We are surprised at the turn of events. We have informed the student’s family at Khanna in Karauli district of Rajasthan,” Ghosal said.

He added that Lokesh was preparing for an internship in Mumbai.

The body of Lokesh was today found by his friends who had come to call him for dinner. Doctors said the 22-year-old had died at least six to seven hours before being brought to the hospital.

“It was around 7.20pm and we were going for dinner. I went to call him but found the door of his room bolted from inside. When he did not respond to repeated knocking, I called some other inmates of the hostel and broke the door. We found him hanging from the ceiling fan. We informed the authorities and called an ambulance.”

A police officer said preliminary examination had revealed that Lokesh had tried to cut the veins of his left wrist and left leg but was unsuccessful.

The police said a team arrived from the station just outside the IIT campus within five minutes of being informed and brought down the body.

“When we took the student to B.C. Roy Hospital on the campus, doctors declared him dead on arrival,” a police officer said.

Today’s was the second alleged suicide at IIT Kharagpur in a month. On March 17, Boga Shravan, a student from Andhra Pradesh pursuing MTech in computer science, committed suicide as the job he got in a university offered a much lower salary than what he had aimed for.

On March 11, Shoaib Ahmed, an IIT Guwahati student hailing from North 24-Parganas, was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room. IIT Guwahati director Gautam Biswas had said Shoaib’s friends had told the authorities that the student had been suffering from depression. His family had contested the claim.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


MONDAY, 17 MARCH 2014 16:38.

A student of the premier Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) allegedly committed suicide, police sources said on Monday.

Boga Shravan (24), a final year M-Tech student of IIT (Kharagpur) was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room by his classmates, the sources said.

Shravan hails from Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police of Kharagpur B. Chandrasekhar said as per initial investigation it was found that the campus placements of the final year students of M-Tech was held recently and Shravan got a job in the placement but it was not up to his expectation and was disheartened with the matter.

235 - IIT student commits suicide - The Hindu

MIDNAPORE, March 17, 2014
Updated: March 17, 2014 23:24 IST


A final year M. Tech student of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, allegedly committed suicide, institute officials said here on Monday. The student hailed from Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. The body of Boga Shravan was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room. The 24-year-old was a boarder of the Madan Mohan Malaviya Hall on the institute.

‘Good student’
“He was a good student. Recently he was also placed with a company,” T.K. Ghoshal, the Registrar of the institute told The Hindu over telephone.

Stating that police investigations are on, Mr. Ghosal said there could be other issues which the officials of the institute were not aware of, and which may have led the student to take such an extreme step. Students said they got no response from his room when they went there to call him to participate in Holi festivities and later informed the authorities.

Suicides of students at premier IITs in the country has emerged as a major concern for the authorities as there have been a number of such incidents over the past few years.