Two 17-year-old girls, hailing from Salwan village in Karnal district, reportedly committed suicide in their hostel room at the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Sector 2, Panchkula. The girls--- Himandari and Bindu Rani --- were 1st semester of Diploma in Education.
On Tuesday morning, when the two did not come out of the room, located on first floor, till late, other students used a ladder to peep into the room and found them hanging from fans, DIET principal Sushma Munjal said. The police were informed and the door was broken open. The police has ruled out foul play.
In the windowless room, one of the girls had used the bed to hang herself, while the other had used the table. Some food was found on a table.
"No suicide note has been recovered from the room, which was locked from the inside. Their luggage and belongings are being scanned for clues. We are ruling out any foul play," said DCP Hamid Akhtar.
The victims had returned after vacation on December 28. The institute has strict rules and hostellers are not even allowed to keep mobile phones. They are handed over phones in the evening to talk to their parents. Himandari did not have a mobile phone while Bindu had one.
"They are young. We have to be strict with them," said principal Munjal.
"I have no clue why they committed suicide. They played volleyball in the evening and had met their friends around 11 pm and their behavior was normal," she added.
"Both were cheerful and intelligent. Bindu had got 85% in Class 10th, while Himandari had got 84 %. I had spoken to them on Sunday to greet them on New Year," said Uma Rana, Himandari's aunt, who lives in Chandigarh.
Rajesh Kumar, a classmate of both Himandari and Bindu, said, "I am shocked. Both were cheerful and intelligent."
Himandari's parents had separated a long time back and she was staying with her maternal uncle since she was in Class 7.
Vikram Singh, one of the relatives of Himandari, said an investigation was needed and the institute had to take responsibility.
The principal clarified that though the hostel did not have a warden, but her house was located near the hostel, within the premises.
On reports that the girls were upset after being scolded for playing volleyball on Saturday, she replied, "They were asked not to play in the rain, had realised their mistake and apologised."
After the incident, the institute directed the girls to vacate the hostel.