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Student found charred to death in PU hostel room

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 23, 2013
First Published: 16:46 IST(23/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:37 IST(23/5/2013)

In a suspected case of suicide that sent shockwaves across PU campus, the charred body of Amandeep Singh, a final-year student at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) here, was found after a blast and fire in his room at hostel number 2 on Thursday afternoon.


A native of Moga pursuing electronics engineering, 23-year-old Amandeep was to get married in two months to a girl in Canada where all of his family, except a brother, stay.

He had purportedly tied his feet to the bed, and kerosene and matches were found in the room (no. 60) that was locked from inside, police said. MC chief fire officer Rajiv Gupta said the exact reason of fire was yet to be ascertained.

"It appears to be suicide, but we'll be able to say more after the forensic and post-mortem reports," said DSP (central) Ashish Kapoor. A five-member team from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) took samples, while the body was shifted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for the post-mortem after which it would be handed over to family on Friday. Amandeep's father is on a visit to India these days.

Just before his semester exam scheduled at 2pm, Amandeep had lunch in the hostel with roommate Chetan and then they left for the department. There, Amandeep told Chetan he had forgotten his roll number card in the room and was going back to get it. But he never returned.

It was around 3.30pm that hostel inmates heard a blast and saw flames from the room on the second floor. Hostel authorities called the fire brigade and also tried to break open the door. It took the police and fire tenders about 20 minutes to douse the fire after entering the room through a window.

The body was charred beyond recognition; no suicide note was recovered. Chetan later identified the body from Amandeep's kirpan (dagger) and kada (bracelet), religious symbols he wore.

An inconsolable Chetan told PU authorities that Amandeep had not been taking much interest in studies, but never shared his emotions much.  Popinder Singh, who belongs to Moga and lives in the same hostel, said there was no chance Aman could have committed suicide: "He was very happy as he was soon to get married. This is shocking."


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