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326 - IIT Bombay student found dead on hostel terrace, leaves behind a note - IBN Live

May 03, 2015 at 08:33pm IST

IIT Bombay student found dead on hostel terrace, leaves behind a note

Mumbai: A third year chemical engineering student from IIT Bombay was found dead on the hostel terrace on Saturday evening.

The student, 21-year-old Jitesh Sharma, originally from Rohtak, was found along with a note. According to sources, it is a case of suicide.

The suburban Powai police was subsequently informed. Police reached the spot and sent the body for postmortem on Sunday morning.

A suicide note purportedly written by the student was found near the his body which indicates that he was depressed.
"Prima facie, the student is suspected to have consumed some poisonous substance, but it can only be ascertained after we get the medical reports," an officer at Powai police station, who is investigating the matter, said.

An accidental death report (ADR) has been registered and further investigation is on into the matter, he said.

"Today being a holiday, we are unable to contact his friends and faculty heads. But as soon as the classes resume, we would try to get details about his academic and social performance," he said. "He has written a suicide note in Hindi and English that shows he was under depression," the investigating officer said, adding that the student was apparently unhappy with the choice of his academic course.

The suicide note purportedly reads: "I should not have been into this field. I did a mistake by passing JE exam. I have learnt to be away from my parents."

The student's father has been informed about the incident, the officer said.

Jitesh was apparently not doing well in studies and was yet to clear a few subjects of previous semesters, he said as per information gathered from his friends.
This is the second death reported in less than a year on the campus.

(With Input from PTI)