Suicide theory leaves many posers unanswered

Updated on May 14, 2007 09:00 PM IST

Police have come to the conclusion that Akanksha Mittal, student of IET, died due to hanging,reports Manish Chandra Pandey.

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After receiving post mortem examination report, police have come to the conclusion that Akanksha Mittal, student of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), died due to hanging.

Cops now say that a case of murder lodged by Akanksha’s father would be expunged. On Saturday, Akansha’s body was found hanging from the ceiling of her room in new girls’ hostel at IET.

The police had instantly jumped to the conclusion that it was a case of suicide. Significantly, the IET administration had set up a probe committee to look into the matter.

On Sunday, the college administration claimed that the committee completed its probe a day ahead of the deadline. On being asked about the contents of the report, however, almost all senior administrators of the college, including the director, appeared reluctant to disclose what the committee’s findings were.

Prof LS Yadav, director, IET said, “The report has been completed.” On being asked what the findings were, Prof Yadav said, “I think Dr MZ Khan, secretary of the probe committee, would be in a better position to make the details available on the case.”

Prof Yadav said the report of the probe committee would be sent to the State Government on Monday. Another member of the committee, Dr Amrika Singh, also the dean of the institute, on being contacted, parroted that Dr Khan would be a better person to contact on the issue.

On being contacted, Dr Khan said, “I don’t remember anything!” The question that arises now is why are committee members shying from sharing the findings of the report if there was nothing to hide! Rajkumar Singh, Station Officer, Madion police station said after the post mortem examination report it was certain that the IET student committed suicide.

But, he too couldn’t throw any light on the motive that forced the student to take the extreme step. Meanwhile, the probe committee and the police recorded the statements of several inmates of new girls hostel of IET on Sunday. Even after that Akansha Mittal’s suicide remains a mystery.


    Manish Chandra Pandey is a Lucknow-based assistant editor with Hindustan Times’ political bureau in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Along with political reporting, he loves to write off beat/human interest stories that people connect with. Manish also covers departments. He feels he has a lot to learn not just from veterans but from the newcomers who make him realise that there is so much to unlearn

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