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Sunday, January 22, 2017

IIT-Kharagpur Adivasi student kills himself on Rohith Shahadat Din - Indian Express

By Express News Service  |   Published: 20th January 2017 08:21 PM  |  

KOLKATA: The death anniversary of University of Hyderabad (UoH) research scholar Rohith Vemula was marred by another suicide of an Adivasi student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur who killed himself on railway tracks near industrial town Kharagpur in West Bengal on January 17.

“The body of Lokesh Meena, the 20-year-old third-year civil engineering student, was found mowed down by a locomotive engine on the railway tracks between Madpur and Jakpur stations, some 20 km from IIT Campus. Post mortem has been conducted and the body handed over to his father Rampal Meena, who identified his son,” a GRP official told Express.

Picture of deceased IIT Kharagpur student Lokesh Meena. | EPS

A native of  Dausa , a district in Rajasthan was Lokesh had gone missing from his room in Radhakrishna Hall on the campus since Sunday morning. After the initial failed searches by Lokesh’s friends in various places he frequents, the students alerted the hostel warden about Lokesh and a missing diary was lodged in Hijli Police outpost inside the campus, sources revealed.
Though the cause of suicide is yet to be ascertained, sources revealed that the deceased was depressed for the past few months, which may be because of detection of a curable disease a few months back.

The locomotive driver had informed Jakpur railway station authorities of the suicide who in turn alerted the GRP officials. The GRP and Kharagpur police are separately conducting investigations into the suicide case to ascertain the exact reason behind the extreme step.