Bhopal student, 21, died by suicide, not murdered after Prophet text: SIT

Published on Jul 29, 2022 10:39 PM IST

The SIT said Nishank Rathore had taken loans from some people and also from at least 18 online instant loan apps, and was worried about repayment.

Nishank Rathore. (Source: Instagram/nishank_rathore)
Nishank Rathore. (Source: Instagram/nishank_rathore)
By, New Delhi

A special investigation team (SIT) said on Friday that Bhopal-based engineering student Nishank Rathore, 21, died by suicide due to indebtedness, and was not murdered as earlier suspected after he had sent a message about "insult to Prophet" to his father minutes before his death.

Nishank's body was found cut into two pieces on railway tracks in Barkedhi-Midghat area of Madhya Pradesh's Raisen district on the July 24 evening. It was not a murder, said an SIT official.

According to the SIT, which was formed to probe the death, Nishank's last mobile phone message, written in Hindi, to his father read that "there is one punishment for affront to the Prophet — head severed from the body."

The message sent the state government and police into a tizzy. He had posted a similar message on his Instagram account as well, news agency PTI reported.

But the SIT official said Nishank had taken loans from some people and also from at least 18 online instant loan apps, and was worried about repayment.

“It was a suicide. On June 23, a day before the suicide, he had borrowed 50,000 from his sister to pay his college fees, but did not actually pay the fees,” the official said.

He might have written the message mentioning "affront to Prophet" to win the support of Hindu nationalists by portraying himself as a martyr or to get the government's help for his family, the official added.

"The line 'Nabi ki shan me gustakh maf nahi' had been doing rounds after the killing of a tailor in Udaipur for backing Nupur Sharma," he added.

“No one knows what was weighing on his mind. We are all only making guesses,” the official said.

No one had picked up Nishank's phone - found near the body - after his death, probe officials found. The device was password-protected.

Nishank hailed from Seoni-Malwa in Hoshangabad district and was studying at a private engineering college in Bhopal. The last message was sent from his mobile phone at 5.44 pm on July 24, minutes before he was hit by a speeding Grand Trunk Express at 6.02 pm.

(With inputs from PTI)


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