A 21-year-old Master’s degree student from Delhi University’s (DU) Hindu College allegedly committed suicide at his hostel room on Friday morning, police said.
Shashi Shekhar, a first-year post-graduation student of Hindi Literature and a gold medalist scholar, was found hanging around 9:30 am from the ceiling fan of room number 111, which he had occupied for a little more than four years.
While the police said they were yet to ascertain the reason behind the step, an ostensibly cryptic suicide note — scribbled on a piece of his class notes and seeking an answer to the mystery of human afterlife — was found on his bed.
“He hailed from Bihar’s Nalanda district and seems to have taken the extreme step of his own volition. No sign of forced entry could be made out during initial examination of the scene of crime,” said Sindhu Pillai, deputy commissioner of police (north).
According to DCP Pillai, Shekhar’s suicide note read: “It’s the story of my life: can we do nothing for the dead? And for a long time, the answer has been nothing.”
According to a hostel student, who did not wish to disclose his identity, Shekhar was found hanging by his neighbour and hostel mate, one Deepak, after one of his ‘female friends’ asked the latter to check on Shekhar because he wasn’t responding to her repeated phone calls.
Police said Deepak claimed that Shekhar’s room was unlocked when he went there to call on him, only to see him hanging from the ceiling fan. The hostel warden was informed before the local police were intimated.
A police team then rushed Shekhar’s body to the adjacent Bara Hindu Rao hospital where doctors declared him dead. Shekhar’s father, Azad Chandra Shekhar Prasad Chaurasia, is a professor at Nalanda University.
“Shekhar was very, very good at his subject, so much so that he topped his class throughout graduation,” a senior college official said.
“He won a gold medal and got a scholarship to study Master’s at Hindu although he had also cracked the entrance test in addition to even managing to get through to the same course at JNU, but he chose to stick to his alma mater.”
Police said they were questioning his friends and hostel mates in the case.