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Sunday, September 20, 2015

IIT student commits suicide in Guwahati - Asian Age

Sep 19, 2015 - Manoj Anand | Guwahati

A final-year B.Tech student, Ujjawal Shailabh, on Friday committed suicide by jumping from the top of his hostel. In what has set alarm bells ringing, this was the fourth incident of suicide since March 2014 at IIT Guwahati.

The security guards of the IIT spotted a body in the backyard of Brahmaputra Hostel, which was later, identified to be of Ujjawal Shailabh who hails from Tribeniganj in Supaul district of Bihar. The police said that preliminary investigation has indicated it to be a case of suicide as student is suspected to have jumped from fourth floor of the hostel.

The police said that it took time in identifying the body as it was damaged beyond recognition. A team of forensic experts has gathered the evidence for further investigation. The spokesperson of IIT Guwahati Labanu Konwar said that security guards noticed the body at about 11.30 am and informed the administration, which rus-hed its chief medical officer to the spot. However, doctors found him dead.

He said that Ujjawal Shailabh had joined the IIT in 2009. He was appearing for his B.Tech final examination this year. It is significant that a student S.M. Shohaib Ahmed, a second semester M.Sc. student of Mathematics department, had committed suicide on March 11, 2014 in the hostel room. It was followed by another incident in the IIT Guwahati on September 15, 2014 when a first-semester student Tushar Yadav committed suicide.