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Chennai: 22-year-old research scholar found dead on IIT-Madras campus, suicide suspected

According to sources, the charred body was recovered from a hockey stadium at the premier technical institute by the police on Thursday night after some hockey players alerted them.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: July 2, 2021 4:21:33 pm
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A 22-year-old research scholar who was working as a project coordinator at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M)  was found dead on the campus on Thursday evening. The police are suspecting it to be a case of suicide.

The partially burnt body of Unnikrishnan Nair, who hails from Ernakulam, Kerala, was found near the hockey ground on the campus. After the hockey players alerted their coach, he informed the local police station.

The police reached the spot and recovered the body, and sent it to Government Royapettah Hospital. They also took CCTV footage from the campus for investigation.

Nair was a project coordinator in the IIT-M Institute since April 2021 and was living outside the campus. He visited the campus on Thursday morning.

The Kottupuram police have registered a case of unnatural death. They said they got the information about the body around 6 pm and suspect that the incident could have happened two-three hours before. They carried out a search at Unnikrishnan’s residence in Velachery and found a suicide note. “He had written about himself in the note, the letter revealed that he was depressed. He had written that no one is responsible for his death,” an officer at the police station said.

Sources said a bottle with traces of petrol was found near the body.

According to information, Unnikrishnan’s father works as a deputy general manager in ISRO. He has an 18-year-old younger brother.

“An unfortunate and tragic incident occurred yesterday at IIT Madras Campus, involving a temporary project staff. The project staff whose body was found had joined the Institute in April 2021 and was living outside the campus. We are shocked and deeply grieved, and convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the departed soul. The police is investigating the incident and the Institute is fully cooperating with the authorities,” a statement from IIT-M read.

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