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Suicide whiff in student death

Cuttack, Jan. 11: Police suspect that Swayamsidha Sahoo, a BSc first-year student, who had died after falling from the hostel building at Shailabala Women’s College, had committed suicide.

The police have come to this assumption following the recovery of her personal diary from her hostel room.

Swayamsidha Sahoo, who was from Jainagar in Koraput district, had died after falling from the three-storey hostel building on the campus of Shailabala Women’s College here on Monday.

However, the police did not divulge information about the content in the dairy.

“We have registered a case of unnatural death and investigation is continuing. We are exploring all possible angles. The post-mortem report is yet to come in,” said a senior police official.

A roommate of Swayamsidha said the deceased had never shared much information about her personal life and was quite a reserved person. Swayamsidha appeared to be upset after she returned to the hostel on January 4 after vacations.

“Swayamsidha was depressed and was crying a lot after talking to her parents on January 4. Later, she left the hostel with her uncle (local guardian) and had returned to the hostel after two days on Sunday,” said Barsharani Hota, a roommate.

Another roommate Ritanjali Das said that on day of Swayamsidha’s death, she had seen Swayamsidha busy talking with someone over the phone around 8.15am.

“She was busy when I went out of the hostel room. She was not in the room when I came back. She used to keep a personal diary and had seen her writing something in the diary a few days back,” Das said.

Though the college authorities had said Swayamsidha died after accidentally falling off the hostel terrace, her parents had suspected foul play and demanded a thorough police investigation.

“My daughter could not have committed suicide. She was a bold and a meritorious student. Though we are not sure about ragging, it could be one of the reasons. Hence, police must investigate the matter properly,” said Hrudananda Sahoo, father of the girl.

The Shailabala Women’s College authorities have said that till now the family members had not alleged ragging.