Thursday, August 23, 2012
144 - M Tech student ends life - Asian Age
A First Year M.Tech (Chemical Engineering) student at IIT Madras committed suicide in her hostel room on Tuesday afternoon.
S. Merugu Manasa, 22, from Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh was reportedly married and had arrived in the city only on Tuesday morning.
Police are yet to find the reason behind her suicide.According to cops, Manasa, who had joined the institute on August 1, attended the lecture session in the morning on Tuesday and later returned to her room at the Sarayu hostel extension in the afternoon.
Her friend, Jothi, returned to the hostel at 4 pm and saw that the door was locked from inside. Suspecting something amiss, she informed the hostel warden. The door was eventually broken open and Manasa was found hanging from the ceiling with her dupatta.
The IIT administration informed the Kotturpuram police who recovered Manasa’s body and sent it to the Government General Hospital at Royapettah for autopsy. Police say that Manasa could have committed suicide between 1 pm and 4 pm.
They also say that Manasa had allegedly married one Srinivasa Minisala, a software engineer in Hyderabad, a few months ago without their parents’ knowledge. Her father Rajesh Shiyam and family live in Karimnagar.
“We informed Manasa’s uncle about her death. He was surprised to know that she had got married and refused to accept the same. We have also informed her husband Minisala, who is on his way to Chennai.
We tried to open her laptop and cell phone but did not have the password,” said an official.
We are yet to ascertain the reason for her death. We have registered a case under IPC Section 174,” said an official.