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Student suicides shock twin cities

Bhubaneswar, Nov.18: In two separate incidents, two students in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have committed suicide by hanging themselves in their hostels.

An 18-year-old girl of a private engineering college was found hanging from the ceiling of her hostel room on Wednesday in Bhubaneswar. Her roommates tried to rescue her and took her to a private hospital where she was declared brought dead. This is second such incident occurring in private college hostels in the capital in recent past.

Rashmita Sahu, a native of Machhapada village in Nayagarh district, was found hanging from the ceiling of her hostel room yesterday. The girl was a first year electronic and telecommunication engineering student in the Koustav Institute of Self Domain. The reason for her committing suicide is not known.

In another incident, Bichitrananda Rout, a 17-year-old Plus Two science student of the Shanti Institute of Management Studies, was found hanging near the staircase of his hostel room. The boy hails from Tara village in Keonjhar district. Police have registered a case of unnatural death. “The body has been sent for post-mortem and we are waiting for the report,” said inspector-in-charge of Markat Nagar police station S.S. Tripathy.

In the girl’s case, her parents suspected foul play. “My daughter cannot commit suicide. She was quite happy when we dropped her at the hostel at 6pm on the same day. Even before we reached home, we received a phone call from the hostel authorities and were informed about the incident. She must have been murdered,” Samitra Kumari Sahu, mother of the girl, told The Telegraph.

Police sources said they are waiting for the autopsy report. “We will take necessary action only after we get the report,” said a police officer.

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