IIT-Kanpur student commits suicide

A student from IIT Kanpur commits suicide as he was depressed with his academic performance, reports Wali Siddiqui.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2007 05:26 IST

Indian Institute of Technology is rocked by another suicide. This time a third year B Tech student jumps before a running train at the IIT crossing. It is the fourth suicide by IIT students in 17 months.

J Bharaduwaja, was academically putting a poor show and depression that crept in drove him to commit suicide. He was spending long hours on the Google search engine to find different methods of suicide. However, the institute authorities refused to comment if Bharadwaja showed any signs of suicidal tendency.

Bharaduwaja was, originally a native of Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, and was the only son in his family. Circle officer of Kalyanpur Pankaj Pandey said the boy was down with acute depression after his grades slumped in the last examinations.
He was asked to take the improvement paper in which he again reportedly could not do well. "He fared poorly in at least two or three papers and feared poor marks in the improvement papers," said Pandey.

On Wednesday night, Bharaduwaja was last seen in his room G-212 of Hall No 5 and spent nearly 30 minutes with his roommate Ashwini. Later he informed the watchmen Raj Kumar and Sudhir Srivastava that he was going to collect notes.

Around 6.30 this morning the gateman of IIT crossing informed the authorities about a body lying along the railway tracks. IIT Deputy Drector Kripa Shanker, Dean Student Affairs, Prawal Sinha and other rushed to the site and identified the body as that of J Bharaduwaja.

It is suspected that he jumped before the Farrukhabad passenger train that is the last train to pass at 11.20 pm. The police found a cellular phone and Rs 50 note near the nearly decapitated and charred body.

The entire institute was shocked at the news of another suicide as large number of students and faculty members rushed to the site. The family has been informed about the death and they are expected to reach here on Friday.

First Published: Apr 26, 2007 20:20 IST