Published: 10th October 2022
Suicide at IIT Guwahati: Institute identifies deceased as former student who was asked to vacate hostel in July
A native of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, the 20-year-old was a student of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Guwahati
A 20-year-old student was found dead in his hostel room at the Indian Insitute of Technology, (Guwahati), informed the Guwahati police on Monday, October 10. The student, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, was pursuing his BTech at IIT Guwahati in Computer Science and Engineering. He was in his fifth semester.
According to a report by PTI, the police have said that the student allegedly died by suicide on Sunday, October 9, due to "mental pressure."
An official at the Amingaon police station told PTI that an investigation is underway to ascertain the actual cause of his death. The student's body has been sent for postmortem and will be handed over to his family afterward.
IIT Guwahati responds
While the police identified the deceased as a third-year student of IIT Guwahati, the institute, in a statement claimed that the body of a young man found in one of the institute's hostel buildings has been identified as "a former student of the institute". Sources from IIT Guwahati told PTI that the student was terminated from his course due to "poor academic performance."
According to a report by The Telegraph, the student had been reportedly asked to vacate his hostel room in July/August due to "academic reasons".
The institute has also said that it has informed the student's family, who has reached the campus. The statement added that IIT Guwahati extends "deepest condolences" to the family at this "time of profound grief". "We will cooperate with the police investigation and will also commission an internal investigation on this matter," said the institute.
Disturbingly, this is the second case of alleged suicide reported at IIT Guwahati since September 16. Earlier, a final-year undergraduate student from Kerala reportedly died by suicide in his hostel room. In September, IITs Kanpur, Hyderabad and Madras reported instances of students dying by suicide.
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