The body of a second year post-graduate student of the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his hostel room Wednesday afternoon. While the police have declared it a case of suicide, they said the reason behind it is not yet known. No suicide note had been found till late evening.
Circle Officer (CO) of Aliganj area, Meenakshi Gupta, said, “We are investigating, but prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide.”
Station Officer of Madiaon police station, Raghwan Kumar Singh, said, “Soham Mukherjee (25) belonged to Kolkata. No suicide note was found in his room, but we have taken his mobile phone, laptop and a diary in custody to scan it all and try to find out a possible motive for suicide.”
A professor at the institute told The Indian Express that other hostel inmates had knocked on Soham’s door several times since it had been closed since Tuesday afternoon. On getting no response, they informed the dean of student affairs, who peeped through the rear end of the room to see the student’s body hanging from the ceiling. The police was then informed, the professor said.
Singh said they were informed about the incident at around 1 pm. “When they reached the spot with a forensic team, they found that Soham’s door was not locked from inside. His body was hanging from the ceiling fan with a nylon rope. We later sent the body for autopsy,” he added.
A communique sent from IIM-L authorities stated that Soham belonged to Jodhpur colony in Kolkata and was an alumnus of IIT-Guwahati. He had “consistently been performing well as a student at IIM-L, it also stated.
“His parents have been informed and they are expected to arrive here by tonight. It seems to be a case of suicide, more details are awaited as the matter is under investigation by the police,” the IIM spokesperson said.
Another IIM official said, “Soham was attending all his classes. He was doing well academically. We talked to his friends and family and they did not notice anything unusual in his behaviour. There is nothing to suggest why he took this step. This incident came as a shock to all of us.”