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Monday, February 17, 2014

234 - Alleging harassment by seniors-colleagues, IIT-Indore bus driver ends life - TNN

TNN | Feb 24, 2014, 12.21PM IST

INDORE: A 38-year-old driver working with Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT-Indore) committed suicide by consuming poison over alleged sustained mental harassment by colleagues and seniors, here on Sunday afternoon.

Ashok Billaure, a resident of Moosakhedi-Indore, has been working as a contractual bus driver at IIT-I. He consumed poison and went to the institute being run from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) campus at around 2.30 pm. After he started vomiting inside the institute premises, his colleagues rushed him to MY hospital, where doctor declared him brought dead, said sub inspector at Bhanwarkuan police station and investigating officer, Y S Kushwah.


The police subsequently recovered a suicide note purportedly written by him from his pocket. The suicide note written in Hindi language, mentions sustained mental harassment by his transport supervisor Kulwant Singh Bhatia, Bhatia's son Harsimran and two other IIT employees -- Kailash Ajmeri and Narendra Yadav.

233 - IIT Roorkee student commits suicide - ZeeNews

Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 15:22

Dehradun: An IIT Roorkee student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan inside his room in the hostel premises at Roorkee in Haridwar, police said on Thursday. 

25-year-old Udai Tanajirao Biradare, a second year M.Tech student at IIT Roorkee was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room yesterday, Circle officer Renu Loheni said.

Biradare hailed from Latur in Maharashtra, she said.

Police have recovered a suicide note from the spot which says the victim was taking the extreme step as he had let down his parents who had expected him to become a doctor. 

PTI

232 - IIT-Roorkee student commits suicide - TOI

TNN Feb 13, 2014, 04.44AM IST


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HARIDWAR: A second year M Tech student of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room in the institute on Wednesday morning.


Udai Biradare, who belonged to Latur district of Maharashtra, is said to have hung himself with a rope from the ceiling fan of his room number DG 8 in Cautley Bhawan hostel of the institute.

A suicide note in Marathi and addressed to his parents was found beneath the student's laptop, said police officer Renu Loheni.

Sub-inspector Subhash said the police were informed on Wednesday morning about the incident. "The door was broken after we found it bolted from inside," he said. The body has been sent for postmortem.

"Once we receive the postmortem report, we can ascertain the exact time of the suicide. Prima facie, it appears the suicide was committed in the wee hours of the morning," Subhash said.

When contacted, the institute authorities refused to comment.
On February 6, 2011, third year B Tech student Manish Kumar had reportedly ended his life by jumping from the fifth floor of the hostel building.

231 - Ex-IITian seeks probe into suicides - TOI

Faiz Rahman Siddiqui, TNN Feb 8, 2014, 10.30AM IST

KANPUR: Three days after an IIT-K student hailing from Raichur district of Karnataka allegedly committed suicide, ex-IITian and head of the department of mathematics, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, VN Pal questioned the IIT-K authorities over several incidents of suicide by IIT-K students during the past nine years by launching a movement in front of IIT-K gate. He has further written to the President, seeking justice for students on Friday.


Pal demanded an inquiry to find out what happened on Tuesday night when Manjunath, a computer science student, a native of Raichur district of Karnataka, committed suicide. The student was found lying dead in his room on Wednesday morning. He alleged that the attitude of the IIT-K authorities and the local police towards the suicide incidents in the past nine years is callous and they are yet to find out the exact cause in even in one of the 11 suicide cases reported so far.

230 - IIT-Kanpur witnesses 13 suicides in less than 10 years

ETV UP/Uttarakhand | Fri Feb 07, 2014 | 22:39 IST

According to an ETV report, around 13 students of IIT-Kanpur have committed suicide since 2005.

The report says that each time a student takes the extreme step, the institute management forms an inquiry committee but usually its recommendations remain in files and go unnoticed.


Noteworthy, Manjunath, a B.Tech 3rd year student, had committed suicide on Wednesday by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room.

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229 - Yet Another IIT Kanpur Student Commits Suicide - New Indian Express

By Subhash Mishra - LUCKNOW
Published: 07th February 2014 09:32 AM
Last Updated: 07th February 2014 09:32 AM

A funereal air prevailed at the IIT Kanpur as the students and faculty struggled to come to terms with the suicide of yet another bright youngster, which brought the total number of student suicides at the premier institution in the past decade to 11.

The victim , Manjunath, who hailed from Karnataka,was found dead in his hostel room on  Wednesday. A second-year student, the physically challenged lad has had to cope with personal tragedies at a very young age-- his father having expired and sister committing suicide last year. “But despite the challenges he was very studious, bright and had a very promising future,” some of his batchmates told Express over the phone on Thursday.

If the suicide were an isolated incident on the campus,it would have been viewed as a tragic interlude. But the fact that it was the latest in the spate of suicides on the campus made it that much more difficult to paper over.

The usual practice is to hold a condolence meeting after every suicide and afterwards it will be business as usual,while the issues that prompted the victim to take the extreme step remain unaddressed. The actual causes resulting in the tragedy range from stratospheric ambition to academic pressure.

Authorities, however, denied this saying that they had adopted the best measures possible to support the students. According to an official spokesman, even Manjunath’s guardian had lauded the IIT-K for extending its wholehearted support to him.


While Students welfare Dean and faculty A K Ghosh, who spoke to Express from Kanpur, attributed parental and peer pressure as the triggering factors for pushing the students over the edge, he was also critical of the reportage and said the IIT-K had put in place the best practices to help out the wards.


228 - IIT-Kanpur student commits suicide by F wire Feb 5, 2014 - First Post




Lucknow, Feb 5 (IANS) A student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur Wednesday committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room, police said. Manjunath, a B.Tech IIIrd year student, was pursuing computer schience at the premier institute and hailed from Karnataka. Police officials said that the student was found hanging by the ceiling fan in Hall 5 hostel Wednesday morning by his classmates. Kalyanpur police station in-charge Anand Prakash Mishra told IANS that friends of Manjunath said he was apparently suffering from stress and depression. This is the third suicide in IIT-K campus since December last year. Authorities said that formalities were being completed and added that the family of the dead student has been informed. This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

227 - IIT-Kanpur student from Karnataka commits suicide - The Hindu

LUCKNOW, February 5, 2014
Updated: February 5, 2014 14:51 IST



A student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur on Wednesday committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room, police said.

Manjunath, a B.Tech third year student, was pursuing computer science at the premier institute. He is from Karnataka.
Police officials said that the student was found hanging by the ceiling fan in Hall 5 hostel on Wednesday morning by his classmates.

Kalyanpur police station in-charge Anand Prakash Mishra told IANS that friends of Manjunath said he was apparently suffering from stress and depression.

This is the third suicide in IIT-K campus since December last year.

Authorities said that formalities were being completed and added that the student’s family has been informed.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

226 - IIT-Kanpur student commits suicide - Two Circles

Submitted by admin4 on 5 February 2014 - 1:42pm
By IANS,

Lucknow : A student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur Wednesday committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room, police said.

Manjunath, a B.Tech IIIrd year student, was pursuing computer science at the premier institute and hailed from Karnataka.
Police officials said that the student was found hanging by the ceiling fan in Hall 5 hostel Wednesday morning by his classmates.

Kalyanpur police station in-charge Anand Prakash Mishra told IANS that friends of Manjunath said he was apparently suffering from stress and depression.

This is the third suicide in IIT-K campus since December last year.


Authorities said that formalities were being completed and added that the family of the dead student has been informed.

225 - 26-year-old IIT-B student committed suicide in Andhra lodge, say police

26-year-old IIT-B student committed suicide in Andhra lodge, say police
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:06 IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA



The PhD student of IIT Bombay, whose was found dead in Visakhapatnam is learnt to have committed suicide, said the Mumbai police.
The body of M Siva Theja, 26, was recovered from a lodge in Visakhapatnam on January 18, four days after he was reported missing.

Senior inspector Yadavrao Jadhav of Powai police station said, “We have now learnt that he committed suicide. We have asked the local police to send us a report so that we can conduct further investigations and look at all possible angles.”
The Visakhapatnam police had found a polythene taped to Theja’s face and around his fingers. A plastic tape roll was found near the body. His dismantled mobile phone and ID card were found in the room.

The PhD student had left the campus without informing anyone. Initially, sources had said that the death could have been caused by suffocation, and that the post-mortem report had not indicated poisoning.

Theja had reached the Visakhapatnam lodge on January 16. The incident came to light on January 18 when the room-cleaning staff suspected something amiss after failing to get any response from Theja.

Theja’s parents had lodged a missing complaint with the Mumbai police on January 15 after they lost contact with their son. They were staying at the IIT-B guest house but rushed to Visakhapatnam on January 18, an IIT official said.  

IIT-B officials and students said PhD students often go on trips or for interviews without informing anyone; so, his absence had not raised any suspicion.  

“Theja had not shown any sign of depression. In fact, he was a bright student and had recently helped organise a conference,” said Urjit Yajnik, dean of students’ affairs.

224 - IIT student's death: No poison found in body- TOI

Sulogna Mehta & V Kamalakara Rao, TNN Jan 21, 2014, 12.44PM IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Vizag police is yet to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of 26-year-old IIT Mumbai PhD scholar M Sivatheja, who was found dead in a city lodge on Saturday (January 18). However, the city cops decided to send a team of one sub-inspector and three constables to Mumbai to look for more clues in the case.


Confirming this to TOI, city police commissioner B Shivadhar Reddy said, "We are planning to send a local police team to Mumbai as part of our investigation, mostly by Monday evening or Tuesday. At the same time, we are also expecting a team from Mumbai police to arrive in the city. However, we have not received any communication from Mumbai police in the Sivatheja case so far."

Meanwhile, official sources said Sivatheja's death was caused by suffocation and the report of the postmortem that was performed at KGH did not find any signs of poisoning prima facie. However, to rule out the possibility of poisoning entirely, the viscera have been sent for clinical analysis. "The clinical analysis report is yet to arrive," a reliable source revealed on Monday.

Meanwhile, YVR Reddy, a distant relative of Sivatheja residing in Vizag, said that Sivatheja neither had any friends nor foes in Vizag. He said that the IIT scholar was an introvert and the two or three friends he had were all settled abroad.

He also pointed out that Sivatheja did not have any problems with his family too as the parents, particularly his father, had given him full freedom and support in his education.

"We were all shocked to hear of his demise. We are also puzzled about his decision to come to Vizag and take the extreme step. He was an intelligent guy and the nature of the suicide and the steps he took to resort to kill self is an example of his intelligence," Reddy added.

Sivatheja's face was found wrapped with a thick polythene sheet taped at the neck and his fingers too were taped with plastic tape. "The family feels he may have resorted to the extreme step because of some mental depression or pressure in his studies," Reddy said.

Meanwhile, his family members, who refused to be identified, revealed that the last person Sivatheja might have spoken to could be his cousin brother (son of his mother's sister), V Siva Santan Reddy, a PhD scholar studying in electrical engineering at IIT Kharagpur.

"Sivatheja might have spoken to Santan for nearly 20 minutes on last Sunday (January 12). Perhaps Sivatheja's last phone call was to Santan Reddy," a source pointed out. Before coming to Vizag, Sivatheja reportedly drew about Rs 5,000 from a Canara Bank ATM somewhere, including Mumbai, the sources added.
However, when TOI tried to track down Sivatheja's academic details on the IIT Mumbai website, it threw up three research projects in the name of Sivatheja M and some other students in 2009 and 2010.

223 - IIT-B student's 'strange' death baffles doctors - TOI

Yogita Rao & Sulogna Mehta, TNN Jan 22, 2014, 04.05AM IST

MUMBAI: IIT-B's electrical engineering department held a condolence meeting in the memory of its PhD student M Siva Theja (26) on Tuesday. Several students, faculty members and the staff from his department were present at the meet.

Siva was found dead in a lodge in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. His face was covered with a polythene sheet and taped at the neck; his fingers too were taped. While the Vizag police are yet to ascertain the nature of the death, they have not sent their team for investigation to Mumbai. Doctors at Vizag's King George Hospital termed the death "strange and rare".

A hospital source said, "The plastic was removed from the mouth when the body was brought to the mortuary for post-mortem, the plastic cover was removed from the mouth. However, the transparent adhesive tape was rolled onto each finger of both the hands and no suicide note was found. But the door was bolted from inside." Though doctors have confirmed that the death was due to suffocation, they are awaiting the viscera report, which will take two to four weeks, to rule out poisoning.
An IIT-B official said Siva had switched off his cellphone when he was on the institute campus. "The last connectivity was tracked down to the institute. It is difficult to determine when he left the city."
Siva was pursuing research in network and control theory and was about to submit a thesis this summer. "He was in the advanced stage of his research and one of our brightest candidates. He was good at academics and was popular in the department," said professor Ajay Karandikar, head of department. Siva's death is a great loss to the department, he saidas he had a promising career

But very few students from the hostel where he stayed knew him, claimed a hostel council member. He stayed on the fourth floor of hostel 14's A wing. Another student said Siva had already accepted a post doctoral position, before the news of his death shocked them all.

222 - Teenage Girl Commits Suicide After Failing to Crack IIT Entrance - New Indian Express

Teenage Girl Commits Suicide After Failing to Crack IIT Entrance
By PTI - VISAKHAPATANAM
Published: 19th January 2014 08:49 PM
Last Updated: 19th January 2014 08:49 PM

A 19-year-old management course student committed suicide today by jumping from third floor of her apartment near Kirlampudi Layout as she was reportedly upset over her failure to clear the entrance test for IIT, police said.   
K Swetha, the first year student of Bachelor of Business Management (BBM), wanted to join IIT but failed twice to crack the entrance test, they said.
          
Swetha was the student of Gayatri Vidya Parishad in the city. Her father K S Chalam is the Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Tax Department.            
"Swetha flung herself to the ground from the balcony of her third floor flat when her parents were asleep. She died on the spot due to severe head injuries," police said.

Police sub-inspector A. Hari Babu said Swetha was taking psychiatric treatment.             

Police found a suicide note, purportedly written by her, in which she apologised to her parents and mentioned the cause behind taking the extreme step as her failure to pass the entrance test.

A case was registered in this regard and Swetha's body was shifted to a government hospital for postmortem.

221 - IIT Student Found Dead in Vizag Lodge

IIT Student Found Dead in Vizag Lodge
By Express News Service - VISAKHAPATNAM
Published: 19th January 2014 08:14 AM
Last Updated: 19th January 2014 08:14 AM

A 26-year-old student of IIT-Mumbai was found dead in a hotel room under suspicious circumstances at Dwarakanagar here on Saturday.

Police suspect suicide but did not find any suicide note on him. The youth’s parents, who live in Hyderabad, have been informed of the death.

S Sivateja checked into Room No. 102 of Ashwini Lodge at Dwarakanagar on Thursday (Jan 16) afternoon.

He came out on Friday asking the staff for a water bottle but had  not been seen ever since. When the staff went to his room to enquire about lunch and dinner, he did not respond.

The room cleaning staff went to the room on Saturday morning around 8.30 but the door bell nor a hard banging on the door elicited no  response.

Suspecting something wrong, the hotel staff informed the Four Town police who broke open the door and found Sivateja’s body leaning on the bathroom door.

His head was wrapped with a plastic cover which was taped around the neck, making its removal difficult. The police suspect that the deceased tried to commit suicide by asphyxiating himself using the plastic cover.

Upon searching him, the police found the dismantled components of his cellphone, an identity card and other personal belongings. They reassembled the components of the cellphone, got the phone number and informed his parents of his death.
Speaking to Express, Sivateja’s relative Rami Reddy said that Sivateja was a brilliant student and was doing PhD in electronics and communications engineering at IIT-Mumbai.

When he did not respond to their calls, his parents went to Mumbai from Hyderabad on January 16 and lodged a missing complaint with the police. They learnt that he had not been seen on the campus since January 13, Reddy said.

Doubts are being raised over the reasons for his death as Sivateja could have committed suicide in his room on the campus in Mumbai if he wanted to and had no reason to go all the way to Vizag.

Four Town police sub-inspector S Somayajulu told Express that Sivateja’s parents  lodged a missing complaint with the Mumbai police a couple of days ago after he had gone out of contact with them.

While the police are yet to ascertain Sivateja’s purpose of visit to Vizag, they suspect that he might have come to meet someone as he took a double bedroom though he came alone. He carried a small luggage and paid an advance of Rs 500 towards room rent.


Basing on preliminary investigation,  police think Sivateja committed suicide. Tbey launched an investigation to determine the right cause of death.

220 - Hyderabad youth commits suicide in Visakhapatnam lodge - TNN

Hyderabad youth commits suicide in Visakhapatnam lodge
TNN Jan 19, 2014, 04.15AM IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: A 26-year-old PhD scholar from Hyderabad was found dead at a lodge in the RTC complex area here on Saturday after the police broke open the doors of his room following an alert by the lodge staff.

The youth has been identified as M Siva Teja, the second child of Rajasekhar Reddy, a private sector employee residing in Hyderabad's ECIL area. His parents originally belong to a village near Pulivendula in Kadapa district. Teja was doing his PhD at IIT-Mumbai.



Though the police suspect it to be a case of suicide, they are also investigating the murder angle as the scholar's face was found covered with a thick polythene sheet and they did not find any suicide note. The cops are also looking into the possibility of a love affair going awry as a reason for his suicide and they suspect the girl could be from the city.

According to sources, Siva Teja had landed in the city on January 16 and checked in at Aswini Lodge opposite the RTC complex in the Asilmetta area. Though he has relatives in the city, he chose to stay in the lodge. He was last spotted by the lodge staff on Friday morning when he stepped out to buy a water bottle.
The staff at the lodge knocked on his doors during lunch and dinner time on Friday but didn't get any response. Sensing something amiss when Siva Teja failed to respond to theirk door nocks on Saturday morning too, the staff immediately informed the Dwaraka Zone cops, who rushed to the lodged and broke open the doors of the room.

The cops, led by inspector Elia Babu and sub-inspector Soma Raju found the youth's body in a totally decomposed state in the bathroom. What was even more shocking was that the student's face was covered up to the neck in a polythene sheet and wrapped with a plastic tape and the fingers of both his hands too were taped.
According to sources, Siva Teja remained incommunicado since early this month and his worried parents had rushed to Mumbai after he could not be contacted over the past few days. A missing complaint was lodged at Andheri police station on January 13.

According to Siva Teja's relative Venkat Ram, who resides in Vizag, Teja had worked briefly in a Bangalore-based firm after completing his MTech and later quit his job to take up his PhD at IIT-Mumbai. "He last spoke to his parents on January 12 and since January 13 his phone was switched off. They sent his friend, who also studies at IIT Mumbai, to look for him but he found his room locked. Worried Teja's parents immediately rushed to Mumbai, spoke to the IIT Mumbai top brass and lodged a police complaint," said Venkat Ram.


The deceased youth's parents have rushed to Vizag after being informed by Vizag police about the incident. Siva Teja's body has been shifted to King George Hospital for autopsy.