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Amity student ends life, Meghalaya CM alleges discrimination against NE

india Updated: Apr 26, 2012 08:26 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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A day after a second year MBA student of Amity University allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room, police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against the university authorities.

Dana Silva M Sangma (21), the deceased student, is the niece of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma. He has alleged that his niece committed suicide due to "discrimination" meted out to her by the university authorities.

Dana Silva was a native of West Garo Hills in Meghalaya and had joined the MBA programme at the Pachgaon (Manesar) campus of the varsity last August. She was staying in the girl's hostel where she was found hanging from the ceiling fan on Tuesday afternoon. No suicide note was found in her room.

On Tuesday, the student was reportedly caught cheating in her exam. University officials claimed she was using the internet on her mobile phone to cheat and was caught. A case of using unfair means was also registered against her.

Savita Mehta, vice president (Media) of Amity Group, said, "We have given her mobile phone as well as the answer sheet to the police for further investigation. The invigilator had informed us that internet mode was on in the mobile phone."

But her cousin Miani Shira, a student from Delhi, claimed, "She did have her phone with her but it was on silent mode and she did not use it to cheat in her exams." She also alleged that her cousin was humiliated and mentally tortured in front of all the students. Shira said her cousin was extremely depressed after the episode.

On Tuesday, while her roommate went for lunch, Dana Silva decided to stay back. Her roommate later found her body in the room.

Hamid Akhtar, DCP (south), Gurgaon, said, "We are questioning her friends and have sent her phone and answer sheet for examination."

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya chief minister alleged atrocities and discrimination against youths from the northeast by people with vested interest in Delhi and nearby areas was "a threat to national integrity".

While referring to his niece, the CM said, "There have been repeated instances where youths from the northeast were subjected to all kinds of atrocities and discrimination."