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MBBS student’s mystery death sparks UP protests

Police probe murder angle,chancellor rejects her relative’s allegations

Written by Prawesh Lama | Moradabad | Published: July 13, 2013 2:15:59 am

The mysterious death of a medical student at the Teerthanker Mahaveer University has confounded the Uttar Pradesh police and sparked protests by the Aam Aadmi Party,with her parents pointing an accusing finger at the chancellor’s son.

The classmates of Neeraj Badana,a first year MBBS student from Faridabad,say she fell to death from the fifth floor balcony of her hostel on July 6. But police say her body apparently had no injuries from the fall and the autopsy report has blamed asphyxia due to smothering as the cause of death.

“This is a case of murder,” said DIG,Moradabad range,A K Sengar. “The statement given by colleagues of the deceased is contradictory. At the moment,we are interrogating all the suspects.”

Ram Kishore Badana,Neeraj’s father,alleged that chancellor Suresh Jain’s son Manish was responsible for her death. “Some of my daughter’s friends were talking to us before but now they have… been tutored to say that my daughter fell down or committed suicide. They are being blackmailed. How is it possible that she does not have a single injury despite falling from that height.”

But the chancellor rejected the allegations. “We were at home when the incident took place. The girl’s colleagues informed her parents on the phone as soon as they saw her fall. Initially the parents did not name anyone in the FIR but after four days they accused us of murder. Even the two girls with whom the deceased lived said they had seen her clinging on to the rod of the balcony and fall down subsequently.”

“There are 1,200 girls in the hostel and 409 woman teachers in the university. There has not been a single incident or even a complaint filed by any woman student or teacher till date. I have been hearing about so many suicides or deaths on the campus since the incident. Let me clarify that till date there has been no suicide or even a case of natural death in this campus. Ifanyone claims there has been a suicide in this campus,they should come forward,” Jain said.

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