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DU student found dead inside toilet on Bharti College campus, suicide suspected

Students in college raised an alarm after the woman didn’t return from the toilet for nearly half an hour. She was found unconscious. A bottle of pesticide was also recovered from the toilet. Police said there was no suicide note.

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2018 08:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The dead man's body. Focus on hand(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative image )

An 18-year-old BA second year student of Delhi University’s Bharti College, in West Delhi’s Janakpuri area, allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in the college’s washroom on Wednesday morning.

Police said the exact reason behind the woman’s extreme step could not be ascertained as no suicide note was recovered from her. They said her family has not made any allegations or suspected foul play behind her death.

Deputy commissioner of police (West) Vijay Kumar said the police control room received a call at 9:50 am regarding a suicide in the college. A police team was rushed to the campus who found the student, identified as Vicky Kumari, unconscious inside a toilet which was bolted from inside, in the new block of the campus. She was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

“A bottle of pesticide was found in the toilet. We checked her bag and found a small knife that was used for cutting paper. Neither the student’s mobile nor suicide note was not found,” said DCP Kumar, adding that the mother of the woman fainted at the hospital. She has been admitted and is undergoing treatment.

College authorities told police that Kumar had reached the college around 8:30 am as she had to attend her 9 am class. She later went to the toilet. When she did not return after half an hour, her classmates went to check on her and found the toilet door bolted from inside.

“When repeated knocks at the door went unanswered, students alerted college staff. Security guards managed to open the door and found Kumari unconscious with froth oozing out of her mouth,” said a college staff on condition of anonymity.’

“It is a very sad incident and I am concerned about it. Tomorrow (Thursday), I will address the students and tell them not to be in stress,” said Mukti Sanyal, principal of Bharti College.

DCP Kumar said the student lived with her parents and three siblings in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar. Her father is a government employee. The family is originally from Bihar’s Chhapra.

“We searched her house but found nothing useful. Her cell phone call records are being analyzed. We spoke to her friends and teachers who said she was quite but less confident. They always found her busy watching videos and movies on cell phone. She also used to bunk classes frequently,” the DCP added.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 08:35 IST