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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Malayali IIT-Madras Student Found Hanging Inside Hostel

Malayali IIT-Madras Student Found Hanging Inside Hostel
By Express News Service
Published: 20th October 2015 04:20 AM
Last Updated: 20th October 2015 05:18 AM

CHENNAI/KOLLAM:A final year IIT-Madras student was on Monday found hanging in his hostel room, in a suspected second such suicide in less than a month in the prestigious institution. The 22-year-old student of dual degree (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) was found hanging in his hostel room around noon.

Rahul Giri Prasad

 The student, Rahul G Prasad, a resident of Ganga hostel is a native of Mundakkal East in Kollam. He was quite popular on the campus, students said.

According to the police, he was last found chatting with his friends in his hostel around 9 pm on Sunday and later had a phone conversation.

 Rahul was supposed to appear for an internal test on Monday, but skipped it. Around noon, when his friends went to check on him, they found the room locked from inside and found him hanging from the ceiling fan on a nylon rope. No suicide note was found in the room, the police said.

 One of the victim’s friends, who stays in a nearby hostel, told Express that placement pressure could not be a reason for the suicide. “His placement would start only in December 2016 as he was a dual-degree student,” the friend said.

 Investigating officials as well as IIT-M students said Rahul had a few arrears. But professors told the police that he was a bright student and showed no symptoms of academic or exam-related stress.

 However, police sources said Rahul’s call records indicated frequent conversations with a girl till September.

Signs of Suicide?

Rahul had created a YouTube playlist titled ‘The End’ on Sunday. The song contained only one song called ‘Taro’ by an English band.