After an engineering student of National Institute of Technology (NIT) died of drowning here early on Tuesday morning, his friends turned violent and ransacked the administrative block of the institute.
Tejasvi Arora, a third-year student of civil engineering, died after he drowned in a canal near Jyotisar on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road.
Arora had gone to the canal, nearly 5 km from the NIT campus, to allegedly consume liquor with his four friends on Monday evening.
Four of them entered the canal waters but lost control. While three of them were rescued by alert irrigation department staffers posted near the spot, Arora drowned.
His body was fished out about half a kilometer upstream from the spot.
Deputy superintendent of police (city) Nirmal Singh told the Hindustan Times that the post-mortem report had confirmed that Arora had died of drowning and had consumed liquor.
He said the students ignored the prohibitory signs along the canal and entered into it for fun.
As the body was taken to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Civil Hospital for the post-mortem, rumors spread among the NIT students that Arora had died early morning.
Thereafter, large number students, including girls, gathered on the campus and raised anti- NIT slogans for the delay in timely rescue operation.
Agitated students entered director's office and damaged the property.
They alleged that the institute and the district administration did not take the rescue operation seriously.
However, the Kurukshetra deputy commissioner had deputed a team of divers to trace the whereabouts of Arora, but the operations had to be suspended due to night's darkness.
Meanwhile, members of the faculty and the institute's security guards caught hold of five to six violent students and informed the police.
The deputy superintendent of police told HT in the evening that the police were yet to receive a written complaint from the institute about the violence.
"NIT director Nirmal Anand is reported to be in Chandigarh and the administration said further action would be initiated only after the arrival of the institute's head. If we receive a written complaint, a legal action would be initiated against the erring students," said the deputy superintendent of police.
Meanwhile, Arora's parents reached the district to take away the body to Agra, his native place, for final rituals.