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Teen IIT aspirant from Bihar kills self in Kota

In a suicide note recovered from the room, Devesh Kumar, who belongs to Nalanda, said he was taking the extreme step as he couldn’t cope up with the pressure of studies

jaipur Updated: Aug 06, 2018 22:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kota
IIT-JEE,Kota suicide,Vigyan Nagar
This is 12th suicide in Kota this year. (HT File)

A 15-year-old IIT-JEE aspirant from Bihar committed suicide by hanging himself from a rod tied to the legs of a bed put in vertical position in his hotel room in Kota’s Vigyan Nagar area, police on Monday said. This is 12th suicide in Kota this year.

The incident took place on Sunday night. In a suicide note recovered from the room, Devesh Kumar, who belongs to Nalanda, said he was taking the extreme step as he couldn’t cope up with the pressure of studies.

Hostel owner informed the police after Kumar didn’t come out of his room. Circle Inspector, Jawahar Nagar Police Station, Neeraj Kumar said Kumar had put his folding bed in a vertical position, tied a rod onto the two legs of the bed using his belt and later hanged himself from it.

Following a postmortem examination, the body was handed over to Kumar’s parents who reached Kota on Monday.

Kumar, student of class 11, had got admitted to an institute in Kota, considered the coaching capital of India, in April this year to prepare for IIT-JEE.

As per the note found in his room, the pressure of studies appears to be the reason behind suicide, the circle inspector said.

“Before coming to Kota, I did not know that preparing for IIT-JEE would be so tough. After arriving here, I found that cracking IIT-JEE is a hard task to achieve,” Kumar wrote in the note.

The mentioned that he could score only 20% to 40% marks in the internal tests at the coaching institute, which was not enough for IIT-JEE.

“I tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but it is a difficult thing to do. However, this time I will succeed,” the note read.

Around 1.50 lakh students enrol every year in the 40-odd coaching institutes in Kota to prepare for professional engineering and medical entrance examinations. Seven students had committed suicide in Kota in 2017, while 16 had ended their lives in 2016.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 22:58 IST