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Ragged, engineering student kills himself in Delhi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 24, 2013
First Published: 22:03 IST(24/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:52 IST(25/10/2013)

A 21-year-old engineering student of a west Delhi polytechnic committed suicide on Thursday, allegedly after being ragged by a group of seniors.

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Brijesh Bisht was pursuing a diploma in electronics engineering from Marathwada Institute of Technology (Polytechnic) in Mundka. He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room at his Bhagwati Garden home.

“His parents called the police after they knocked on his door for half an hour and failed to get a response,” said an investigating officer. The police broke into the room at around 9.30am but it was too late. Bisht was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where doctors declared him dead.

He did not leave a suicide note but his parents said he had been depressed lately and had spoken to them about being ragged.

“We contacted the principal of the institute who insisted that no such instance of ragging had been brought to his attention,” the officer said. “We also questioned some of his friends and acquaintances at the institute and are still making enquiries.”

The police said a post-mortem was conducted before the body was handed over to the family.

Under law, it is mandatory for educational institutions to lodge an FIR for any ragging complaint received. They must also include information on ragging in all brochures and prospectus. The UGC also has regulations that mandate, among other things, the submission of affidavits by students/parents promising not to indulge in ragging.


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