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Engg College student found dead

THE DECOMPOSED body of final year B-Tech student Puneet Kr Sachan of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) was recovered from his college hostel room on Sitapur Road here on Saturday.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 01:24 IST

THE DECOMPOSED body of final year B-Tech student Puneet Kr Sachan of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) was recovered from his college hostel room on Sitapur Road here on Saturday.

As blood was oozing out from the body, cops were yet to establish whether it was a case of suicide or murder. Post-mortem examination report is awaited.

Students of the institute said on Friday evening a foul smell started coming out from the hostel but they ignored it. On Saturday morning, after seeing blood coming out from Puneet’s room, his classmates and the hostel warden broke open the door and saw his decomposed body hanging from the fan.

Prima facie it seemed a case of suicide. The room was locked from inside. Cops are surprised that hostel inmates did not react to the foul smell.

If this case is confirmed as suicide, it would be the third such incident in the institute since 2002. In 2002 alone, two B-Tech first year students had committed suicide. One girl took the extreme step in the hostel while a boy ended his life at his house in Kanpur after being ragged.

Puneet was to appear for his last paper of viva voce examination (submission of project) on Saturday. He was last seen on Thursday. His colleagues said he collecting “parting messages” from his friends. Some of them obliged him while others told him they would write it after submitting their project.

Since Thursday afternoon virtually nobody had seen Puneet. Some of his friends said that they made several phone calls on Puneet’s cell phone and sent SMSs on Friday. But, there was no response. “Puneet’s mother Sudha also called on Puneet’s cell phone,” said Deepak Sachan, Puneet’s friend. When he did not respond she called up his friends who told her that maybe Punnet was busy with his project.

According to friends Puneet went into depression after he failed to get placement in a company early this year. Says Lalit Kamal: “He was extremely confident that he would surely get the job. In anticipation he even threw a small party. But to his disappointment, he was not selected. This caused him some disappointment.”

A resident of Ghatampur, Kanpur Dehat, Puneet was good in studies. He held a good rank in the UP Board Intermediate examination in 2000, recalled Rahul Sharma, his classmate. His father Narendra Kumar Sachan is a farmer. Puneet was the only son of his parents.  His maternal uncle RK Sachan was shocked. His parents and brother-in-law also reached the city later in the day.

The college administration stated that they have instituted an internal inquiry to look into the matter and have recorded written statements of his classmates with whom he interacted last. Puneet was an inmate of Raman hostel where mostly third year students stay. Since their examinations were over, most of them had left.

Strangely, almost every year a student meets unnatural death.

The hostel provost, however, reiterated that he was keeping a “good watch on the hostel”.