The police on Monday questioned at least six students and the security guard of the NUJS hostel in relation to the death of the first-year student of the university who fell off to his death from the third floor of the hostel building while playing Holi on March 6.
The police have asked the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) to submit the list of students who were present at the spot when the incident took place. In light of the incident, which parents of the victim (Vikash Choudhary) have alleged is a case of murder by the senior students, the university authorities held a high-level “safety audit” meeting.
Choudhary fell off the hostel’s third floor on March 6 and succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital next day.
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“Our team visited the spot. The height of the railing was not more than 2.5 feet from where the student fell. We have recorded the statement of the security guard who first spotted the body. We have also started examining some of the students who were present at the time of the incident. Moreover, we have asked from the university the list of students who were playing Holi with Vikash. We would interrogate all of them,” said a senior police official of Bidhannagar commissionerate.
Professor Ruchira Goswami, spokesperson of NUJS, told The Indian Express, “The university would cooperate with the investigators in every possible way. We have held a safety audit meeting. The university will scrutinise the scope of stepping up the safety measures for the boarders.”
The victim’s father, Joginder Singh Choudhary, rushed to Kolkata from Delhi on the same day and has filed a murder complaint against the university and the senior students. Joginder, a sub-inspector with the National Disaster Response Force, on Monday took his son’s body to Delhi, his native place, for the last rites.
Meanwhile, a team of state forensic laboratory, too, has visited the spot. The team has collected the mobile phone and other articles of the victim for further forensic examinations. The preliminary autopsy report has stated that the death was caused by multiple fracture in the spinal cord and skull.