A physically challenged student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, was found dead in his hostel room on the campus Tuesday night.
The IIT authorities said it is suspected that the student consumed a poisonous substance. The police said prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide. No suicide note has, however, been recovered from the room.
This is the third unnatural death of a student from the institute since November last year, said the police.
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The IIT authorities, in a communique, claimed that the student — 21-year-old Manjunath — was suffering from depression for the last several months and was undergoing medical treatment and counselling for the same. He was stricken with polio in childhood and lost his father at a young age. His only sister died a few months ago, the communique stated.
A native of Karnataka’s Raichur district and a B.Tech third-year student of Programme of Computer Science and Engineering, Manjunath belonged to an economically weaker family. His mother has been informed about his death, confirmed the IIT authorities. The institute has also ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to Manjunath’s death.
Kanpur Additional SP (Rural) Anil Mishra said they were waiting for the autopsy report to confirm the cause of the death. He, however, said circumstantial evidence suggested suicide.
Mishra added the police have found medical prescriptions and medicines from Manjunath’s room that indicated he was a patient of depression.
Sub-inspector (S-I) Arun Kumar Pandey, who is in-charge of the IIT-K police outpost, said Manjunath was not seen since Monday. On Tuesday night, his hostel inmates knocked on his room but got no response. They peeped through the window and find him lying on the bed around 11 pm. They broke open the door and rushed him to hospital where doctors declared him dead, confirmed Pandey.
Pandey said he was informed about the death around 2.00 am.
IIT-K Registrar Rakesh Kumar Sachan said two other students of the institute had died in the last two months. While one of them was run over by a train, the other died of cardiac arrest.
Head of the counselling at IIT-K Dr Mukesh Sharma was not available for comment.