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Monday, August 7, 2017

Former IIT Kanpur student sits on railway track to end life, rescued - TNN

Abhinav Malhotra | TNN | Updated: Aug 5, 2017, 11:32 PM IST

KANPUR: An ex-student of IIT-Kanpur allegedly tried to commit suicide by sitting on the railway track near institute campus in wait for a train to arrive. The former IITian took the extreme step on Friday night. He was saved by the railway staff who had spotted him. He was later handed handed him over to Kalyanpur police. The police during interrogation came to know that Ravi Kant (name changed) was upset ever since he was not getting a document from IIT-Kanpur which he was requiring to get job abroad. The IIT-Kanpur administration however, said that the ex-student was perturbed over some issue which was not related to any administrative work at the institute.

The Kalyanpur police learnt that the former IITian had passed out from the institute in June 2017. Police said that since it was taking sometime in the processing of the documents at IIT-Kanpur, he was perturbed. "It seems more over he was mentally engrossed with some personal issue which he was not able to express before us. When police came to know about that this, student had gone to attempt suicide at railway track near IIT-K, he was rescued and brought to Kalyanpur police station where he was counselled. His family had been informed about the incident late on Friday night itself. As his family is in Ranchi, he was handed over to a local guardian at about 2 am", said Circle Officer, Kalyanpur, Rajnish Verma while talking to TOI. He said that the ex-student was spotted at the railway tracks 9 pm on Friday. 

"He was reluctant to talk and mention about his problem. He was showing haste in going home. He was counselled a lot and got a bit comfortable after which he was made to eat dinner", the official said.

The IIT-Kanpur authorities informed TOI that the student had passed out in June this year and there is no pending administrative work related to this ex-student. Assistant Registrar, Information Cell (IIT-K), Sarang Nandedkar told TOI that the student is now an alumnus and there is no administrative delay which has caused inconvenience to him.