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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

IIT student commits suicide - The Hindu

CHENNAI, September 23, 2015

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Nagendra Kumar Reddy

A 23-year old second year M.Tech student of the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) allegedly committed suicide by hanging in his hostel room on Monday night.

According to police, Nagendra Kumar Reddy was found dead hanging in his room in Tamraparani hostel on Monday night by the students. They alerted the college management, police and the deceased’s parents.

A case has been filed under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (unnatural death) and investigation is on. He ended his life due to the pressure to perform well in academics, the police suspected.

Nagendra Kumar Reddy completed his schooling in his hometown in Cuddapah district and did his B Tech in Kurnool.
His father Narayana Reddy, who came to the city to take his son’s body to his hometown, said that his son was selected by a private company in the campus placement. “The firm itself paid the fees for his M Tech and also provided him a stipend of Rs. 13,000,” said Reddy, a poor farmer in Rayachoti Taluk in Cuddapah district.

He was good at studies and was focused on getting into the civil services. “He used to study for 16 hours every day. He wanted to lift the family out of poverty. He did not have many friends either in his hometown or in the college,” added Harish, the victim’s cousin.

A few days ago he had gone to his hometown. “On Sunday evening he returned to Chennai. When I was walking with him to the bus stop, I asked if he had any problem. He said he was alright. On Monday morning, I called him again to check if he had reached. He said he was tired and was going to sleep,” said Narayana Reddy.

The only son of Kanthamma and Naram Narayana Reddy, a farmer with a land-holding of five acres, Nagendra Kumar Reddy has been a topper since childhood. He passed SSC as well as Intermediate with flying colours from a school at Rayachoti.

As Nagendra Kumar Reddy secured 975 marks in Intermediate, Indian Oil Corporation granted him an annual scholarship of Rs. 36,000 to study B. Tech. (Electrical Engineering) at G. Pulla Reddy Engineering College at Kurnool.

His academic record earned him a job in Larsen and Toubro firm at Manapakkam in Chennai and scholarship from the firm to study M. Tech. in IIT, Chennai.

He topped M. Tech. first year in the IIT and was awarded a medal. Not only his parents and relatives, but villagers of Kesapuram were grief-stricken on hearing the news of his death.

He visited his native village on Saturday and took part in Vinayaka Chathurthi idol immersion on Sunday. He left Rayachoti by bus on Sunday night and rang up home at 5 a.m. on Monday to inform his mother Kanthamma about his arrival at Chennai and went to the hostel.

Suicide prevention organisation Sneha can be contacted at 044-24640050; 24640060.

(With reporting from M.V.Subramanyam, Kurnool)

His academic record earned him a job in Larsen and Toubro firm at Manapakkam in Chennai and scholarship from the company to study

M. Tech. in IIT, Chennai