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Jadavpur University student found hanging in hostel room, kin allege foul play

The deceased's family members, who came down to the city from Bankura in the afternoon, alleged the boy was murdered and then hung from the ceiling fan.

By: PTI | Kolkata |
December 4, 2016 10:29:52 pm

An MA student at Jadavpur University was on Sunday found hanging in his room in the varsity’s main hostel, police said, even as his family alleged foul play in the incident. Soumitra De, an MA second year student of Philosophy, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room in block B of the main hostel after fellow students broke open the door when their repeated calls went unanswered at around 11 AM, an officer of the Jadavpur Police Station said.

The deceased’s family members, who came down to the city from Bankura in the afternoon, alleged the boy was murdered and then hung from the ceiling fan. De, who hailed from Bankura district’s Joypur, had been taken to the MR Bangur Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. His hostel room’s door was locked from inside and when De’s body was pulled down, it was found that the student was wearing a headphone, attached to a cell phone, the officer said.

Asked whether there was any foul play in the death of De, the officer said, “It is too early to draw a conclusion in this regard. We need to wait for the post mortem report. But, going by the circumstantial evidence it seems this can be a case of suicide,” he said. Initial probe indicated that the boy, known as a bright student, had been in depression for some time, the officer added.

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