Two days after an engineering student committed suicide, allegedly because he was being ragged by his classmates, the Kalyan Government Railway Police (GRP) on Sunday booked two students from the victim’s college for abetment to suicide and conspiracy.
Nineteen-year-old Nitin Padvalkar, a second-year engineering student, was found dead on the railway tracks between Vithalwadi and Ulhasnagar on Friday. Police found a suicide note in his pocket, saying he was being harassed by two of his classmates.
The police booked Pradeep Paikrao and Gurav Madhvi after speaking to the motorman of the train that ran over Nitin, who confirmed it was a suicide and not an accident, and to his family, who confirmed the two were harassing Nitin.
The two will be arrested soon. The police will also visit the college, in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, on Monday and seek authorities’ help in investigating Nitin’s death, said SJ Nirmale, investigating officer, Kalyan GRP.
“The police, prima facie, registered an accidental death case, but on finding the suicide note we asked Nitin’s father, Balu Padvalkar, to file an FIR. In the FIR, Balu has accused Paikrao and Madhvi,” said Nirmale.
Nirmale said that on Monday they will meet the college principal and take the accused’s addresses from college records They will also try to find out more of the case history and looking into the allegations of harassment
The police are not planning to speak to students directly, owing to the sensitive nature of the issue, and will ask college authorities to do so and report to the police. They will, however, directly interrogate the two accused.
Nitin’s sister Seema Padvalkar had told the police that he had been tensed for a few months The accused have been booked under IPC sections 306 (A) and 34.