La Mart student jumps to death from school building

The principal said even though the report cards were given on Friday, Rahul possibly did not know his result as he did not attend the class.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: April 11, 2015 4:00 am
Student suicide, La Martiniere student suicide, Rahul Sridhar, La Martiniere, Lucknow news Police officials at the spot from where Rahul Sridhar allegedly jumped, at La Martiniere Boys’ College, in Lucknow on Friday. His mother has demanded a probe into the death. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

A class IX student of La Martiniere Boys’ College here allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the top floor of an about 100-foot high building inside the campus Friday noon, police said. Friday was the first day of new academic session.

The body of Rahul Sridhar, 15,  a day scholar, was found lying outside the Constantia Building around 11.50 am by some students just before the college recess began, said school principal Carlyl McFarland.

According to him, the boy was rushed to the school infirmary where he was provided oxygen support and carried to the Civil Hospital in Hazratganj. The boy died at the hospital, apparently of grievous head injury.

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Mcfarland said Rahul neither attended the assembly nor went to his class. He went to the upper floors of the building where he burnt some papers and jumped off the building after reaching the four-foot high parapet with the help of a chair, he said.

Station officer of Gautampalli police station, Surendra Katiyar said the boy’s mother submitted a complaint to police seeking a probe into her son’s death. He said they are yet to receive the postmortem report and are also investigating the notes recovered by the police from the spot.

Police found a few half-burnt pages from the spot and a few other notes from his pockets and bag, some of which hinted that Rahul was contemplating suicide. In one note he had written, “Rahul jumped off a building at 10.30.” In another note, he is learnt to have written, “waiting for you”. A match-box was also found there.

The principal said even though the report cards were given on Friday, Rahul possibly did not know his result as he did not attend the class.

Rahul, whom the principal described as “one of the most obedient students” with unexceptional abilities, had got 42 rank and was promoted to Class IX.

The principal said “academic difficulty” could not be the reason behind the suicide and suggested the boy may have taken the step because of some problems in a “romantic relationship”.

The principal said the Constantia Building is used as residence for students and warden so the entry on its floors was not restricted.

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