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Case under SC/ST Act slapped against Amity

The city police have registered a case under the SC/ST Act against Amity University authorities in the case of alleged suicide of MBA student Dana Silva M Sangma, niece of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2012 01:37 IST
HT Correspondent

The city police have registered a case under the SC/ST Act against Amity University authorities in the case of alleged suicide of MBA student Dana Silva M Sangma, niece of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.

The 21-year-old first year student was found hanging from the fan in her hostel room on Tuesday in the university’s Pachgaon campus.

She took the extreme step after being allegedly humiliated by the invigilator, when she was purportedly caught “cheating in the exams”.

Meanwhile, the police have seized the mobile phone and answer sheet of the victim.

Given the sensitivity of the case, Ravinder Tomar, assistant commissioner of police, will head the investigation.

The cyber wing of the city police would assist the probe.

Hamid Akhtar, deputy commissioner of police (south), said the case was registered under section 306 of IPC (abetting suicide) and SC/ST Act, but no one has been detained or arrested as yet.

The police will interrogate the university authorities soon, he said.

The police will examine the call records to ascertain whether Dana was using her mobile during the exam.

“She committed suicide following harassment meted out to her by the invigilator,” said Miani Shiera, the victim’s sister.

Meanwhile, Amity University VP (media) Savita Mehta said: “We don't have any official information regarding an FIR. The university is functioning normally.”

Mehta said the entire staff of institute have great affection and love towards all students, particularly to those students who hail from remote parts of the country. No discrimination was meted out to any students.

“As in all universities throughout the country, no student is allowed to carry her/his mobile phone during examination, she was copying using her mobile phone in the examination hall. She was expelled for this particular paper, and not for remaining papers and was told to leave,” claimed Mehta.

She added that the victim’s mobile phone as well as the answer sheet were given to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, the students of the university will take out a candle march on Friday in memory of Dana.

“On Tuesday evening, we were told that due to the police investigation regarding the suicide case, classes would be suspended for two days,” some students from the university said on condition of anonymity.

“MBA students are appearing in the exams and rest of the faculty were under external preparations,” they added.

The Meghalaya CM had described his niece's suicide as a “result of discrimination” by the authorities of the institute.

“Primary evidence suggests that the girl was thrown out of an examination hall after investigators found a mobile phone with her,” he had said.

The chief minister said he would take up the matter with his Haryana counterpart.

The chief minister had said he was close Dana as she used to often talk to him over phone.