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BCA student’s parents debunk suicide theory, allege murder

College authorities said they have nothing to hide and are willing to co-operate with the police

noida Updated: Sep 08, 2017 22:29 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
The victim’s parents filed a complaint at the Sihani Gate police station on Friday.
The victim’s parents filed a complaint at the Sihani Gate police station on Friday.(Sakib Ali/HT FILE)

The family of the BCA final year student, who allegedly committed suicide inside her hostel room at VMLG College on Thursday morning, has filed a police complaint accusing the college authorities of murder.

Pushpanjali Chaudhary, whose parents live in Noida’s Sector-93, arrived with number of residents of their locality and met senior superintendent of police and later the circle officer. Finally, they filed their complaint against the college authorities and said that they were not convinced with the suicide theory. According to the police, the victim had hanged herself to a ceiling fan with a dupatta and had also locked the room from inside before the incident.

“We reported what we saw on Thursday afternoon. Pushpanjali’s roommate had come to us, saying she has locked the door from inside and was not taking calls. Sensing some mishap, we broke open the door and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. We have nothing to hide and will extend all support to the police during investigation,” Indrani Verma, the college principal, said.

“In fact, her parents had also come to the college on Friday evening and said that they wish to see the room where the incident took place. Since it was sealed by police, we asked them to get it opened so that the parents are convinced that the room hadn’t been tampered with. The parents have every right to demand an investigation. We have nothing to hide,” she added.

In the light of the incident, the college authorities decided that the room where the student allegedly committed suicide will not be allotted to any other student, as they might fear moving there.

“Since the incident, Pushpanjali’s roommate also left for home after her parents arrived to take her back. She was already in trauma after seeing the body and had to be hospitalised. Another roommate, who had arrived a couple of days back, also went back home after the incident. In all, nearly 10-12 students went home after the unfortunate incident,” said Dr Shabnam Chhabra, a lecturer at the college.

“We will conduct counselling sessions for all students so that they stay away from pressures and be more open to teachers in case they have any issues. Initially, when we got information about Pushpanjali, we thought the incident could be the fallout of the ‘Blue Whale’ game which is in the news these days. But it was not the case, as a suicide note was also recovered,” said Dr Achana Varshney, another senior lecturer at the college.

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Pushpanjali’s parents forwarded a written complaint at Sihani Gate police station on Friday afternoon.

“We have received the complaint and will investigate their allegations. Their queries and the issues they have raised need to be investigated,” said Rupesh Kumar Singh, circle officer (city).

In her suicide note, the student had not blamed anyone for her fate. Her father is a retired driver in the army and had been driving an auto to support her daughter’s studies.

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 22:29 IST

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