Dinesh Ahlawat (19), a first year chemical engineering student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, allegedly committed suicide on Thursday evening.
From Rohtak in Haryana, Ahlawat was found hanging in his hostel room at the Zanskar Hostel wing of the institute. "Dinesh Ahlawat committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan," confirmed Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
His family arrived at the institute after they were informed about the incident. The family, however, suspects foul play.
"His hands and feet were tied. We used to speak to him every day and there was no problem. We suspect there could more than what we are being told," said Kulvir Ahlawat, his uncle.
The boy was last seen at 1pm at a tea stall near the hostel. "He had not been attending classes for the past three days. We returned from class at 4pm and found the room’s door locked from inside. We knocked on it and after receiving no response, we peered in through the ventilator and found him hanging from the ceiling fan," said one of his roommates.
His roommates immediately informed the authorities. Ahlawat was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
IIT officials claimed the body was discovered at 4pm on Thursday. The police have been questioning his roommates and other acquaintances to establish the reason of suicide. "We are probing all possible angles, including ragging," said a police officer. No suicide note had been recovered with the body.
The suicide has come as a shock to those who knew the boy since his arrival at IIT, 10 days ago. "He had come to me to get a doubt clarified on Wednesday. His suicide has come as a shock. We feel it could be an outcome of intense stress," said a second-year student of chemical engineering, IIT.
His friends, however, said there was no academic pressure.
"Dinesh was a very bright boy. He scored 95% in his Class XII exams and secured a rank of 1097 in his IIT entrance exam. We have no reason to believe he was under stress," said his friend, who had been with Ahlawat in school and in IIT.