Bilal Abdi & Pranita Kulkarni
Eight days after the death of a BEd student of HLM College in Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, more than 60 people, led by her family, held a protest outside the college premises, demanding a CBI probe into the death.
Sonika Singh (23) allegedly jumped off the college building on March 23. A purported ‘suicide note’ was recovered from her bag a day after the incident, police said.
But her family alleged that she did not commit suicide but was murdered. The family filed a complaint against the college on March 24.
Her father Madanpal Singh said, “Her bag was left in the college after her death. The note was recovered a day later. I believe the note was not written by my daughter.”
He claimed the handwriting of the note and that of his daughter’s do not match at all. “The moment I saw the note, I knew it’s not hers. She was perfectly normal and happy, and was not dealing with any serious issue. She had no reason to commit suicide,” he said.
“She had done her BSc and MSc from Delhi University and was preparing for her Junior Research Fellowship exam. She had taken admission to the BEd course as well. She was an extremely studious and ambitious girl. It is impossible for me to believe that she committed suicide because of the burden of her studies,” he said.
A senior police officer at Muradnagar police station said, “We have sent the samples of the writings to handwriting experts in Lucknow. An FIR has also been filed under Section 302 of IPC. Further investigation is going on.”
Dean Dheeraj Sharma said, “From our side, we are providing full cooperation to police in the investigation. I can see no reason why we should be blamed for this unfortunate incident.”
(The reporters are students of EXIMS)