An MTech student of Eternal University, located at Baru Sahib in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district, 90km from here and 60km from Solan, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a water tank on Sunday night. The deceased, Jagtar Singh, 27, was a resident of Jalbeda village in Mansa district of Punjab.
Preliminary investigation suggest that the boy left his room at midnight and jumped into the 5,000-litre tank on the roof of the hostel building. The incident came to light on Monday morning when Jagtar’s classmates saw his slippers near the tank. The police authorities have taken the deceased’s mobile phone in their possession to check the call details. Though no suicide note was not found from the deceased, the police were probing the case from all angles.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) BS Baragta said preliminary investigation hints that the student committed suicide. He said the body would be sent to Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla for post-mortem.
Jagtar was the youngest of the five siblings. His father Gurmel Singh retired from the waterworks department. “We cannot believe that he committed suicide. The truth will only come out after the post-mortem report,” said Jagtar’s father.
In 2005, a Class-10 student of Akal Academy, Baru Sahib, committed suicide by hanging himself in a room. In 2009, a 16-year-old boy from Kharar was also found dead in the academy.
With inputs from Mohd Ghazali in Mansa