DU boy survives drug overdose,jumps to death at hospital

At 10.30 am on Wednesday,a 22-year-old DU student,reportedly depressed over his poor performance in studies,took an overdose of sleeping pills and then slit his left wrist while inside college campus.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 6, 2012 2:20 am

At 10.30 am on Wednesday,a 22-year-old DU student,reportedly depressed over his poor performance in studies,took an overdose of sleeping pills and then slit his left wrist while inside college campus. After his friends alerted the police,Rocky Rai was rushed to LN Hospital,where doctors managed to stabilise his condition.

At 12.40 am on Thursday,police received a call that Rai had jumped off the fourth floor of the hospital and died on the spot.

Police said Rai was a final-year student of B Sc (Computer Science) at Zakir Hussain College and had failed a few of the subjects. He was also reportedly suffering from depression.

“Rocky had ER in two subjects,which means he had failed them. He was upset about it,” said D C Srivastava,Additional Commissioner of Police (Central).

“Rai’s family stays in Bihar and he was staying in Delhi with his paternal aunt and her husband. (After the first suicide attempt) we informed them and they all reached the hospital,” he said.

A senior police officer told Newsline that the cut on Rai’s wrist was “quite superficial”. “The slits did not need stitches. They were not deep,which suggests that he was not able to tolerate the pain,” the officer said.

At night,police said,Rai’s cousin stayed back with him as others left the hospital.

“At 8 pm,he went up to the fourth floor on some pretext. At 12.40 am,police received a call that he had jumped from the fourth floor. He had fractured his head and legs,” Srivastava said.

Rai’s uncle Anil Kumar told Newsline that he had put in “a lot of hard work” to qualify for DU. “Rocky’s father is my wife’s brother. They stay in Darbhanga and work as farmers. We are illiterate people,and it was a big thing for us when a boy from our family made it to DU in such a prestigious course. It’s difficult to believe he could ever do this,” Kumar said.

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