PTI, Nov 17, 2010, 08.50pm IST
KANPUR: A final year BTech student of IIT- Kanpur today committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room here.
Madhuri Sale, in her early twenties, who belonged to Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, was found hanging from the ceiling fan with the help of her 'dupatta' (scarf), IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said.
A three-member committee has been set up by the IIT administration to probe the death of the civil engineering student, he said, adding it was not immediately known why she took the extreme step Kashalkar said the girl had a very good academic record and there was nothing to suggest that she was suffering from depression. No suicide note has been found from her room which was searched for a possible clue, police said. The incident came to light when her friends suspected something wrong as she did not respond to repeated knockings. When they peeped inside, they found her hanging. Police broke open the door of the hostel room and took out her body. The news triggered panic on the campus and the girl's colleagues refused to say anything about the incident, which came at a time when examinations are on. IIT authorities have informed the parents of the girl and sent the body for post-mortem examination.
IIT-K student kills self; 4th suicide in 2 yrs
TNN, Nov 18, 2010, 01.21am IST
KANPUR: Madhuri Sale, 22, a fourth-year civil engineering student of IIT-K from Andhra Pradesh, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her hostel room on the campus on Wednesday. This is the fourth suicide in IIT-K in the last two years.
The incident came to light in the evening when other hostel residents did not get any response despite knocking at the door of Madhuri's room several times. Students then informed the IIT-K security officials who passed on the information to the institute's director Sanjay Govind Dhande.
As the door was bolted from inside, security personnel had to break into the room. Madhuri used a rope to hang herself, police said. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination. "It seems to be a case of suicide but it is difficult to say exactly what led to it since no suicide note was recovered from the spot," said Lakshmi Niwas Mishra, Circle Officer, Kalyanpur. "Madhuri had shown no sign of being depressed as per her batch mates. She was a meritorious student," said the IIT-K director. A panel comprising of Prof Omkar Dikshit, Prof AK Ghosh and Prof Mukesh Sharma has been formed to probe into the matter and submit report within five days. Madhuri belonged to AP's Nalgonda district.
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