| Okram Bidyananda |
Imphal, June 2: A Manipuri student in a Delhi school, Okram Bidyananda, 17, allegedly committed suicide on Thursday night.
He is the third student from the state to have died in their places of study outside Manipur in a span of barely two months.
The body of Bidyananda, a Class XI student in Sant Hari Das Public School, Bani Camp in Najafgarh, New Delhi, was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his rented room. His neighbours knocked on his door yesterday since Bidyananda, an early riser, was not seen emerging from his room till noon.
When there was no response to the knocks, they broke open the door of his room and found Bidyananda hanging from the ceiling fan.
Okram Kunjo, Bidyananda’s father, rushed to Delhi this afternoon to bring the body back to Imphal. The family from Thongju Nameirakpam Leikai of Imphal East was informed by a relative working in Delhi.
“We know nothing about the incident. Everything will be known when my husband reaches Delhi and speaks to police and neighbours. I cannot believe that my son could take such an extreme step and there is no reason for his action,” Bidyananda’s mother Y. Shija Devi told this correspondent.
Bidyananda phoned his father on Wednesday night and informed him that he had received the recharge for his cell phone worth Rs 50. The boy also told his mother to send his monthly expenses by June 3.
The agitation over the death of Richard Loitam, an architecture student from Uripok locality under mysterious circumstances at his hostel room in Bangalore in April is yet to die down with people of Manipur demanding a CBI inquiry.
Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh had recently demanded a CBI inquiry into the death of Richard and assured the people of Manipur that his government would continue to make efforts to get justice.
Jackio Heisnam, 23, from Thangmeiband locality, a student of mechanical engineering, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his rented room in Bangalore last month.
“The deaths of three of our students under unnatural circumstances have triggered a fear psychosis about safety of our boys and girls studying outside. I am worried about my son,” Chandrabali Devi of Imphal city said. Her only son Bung, 22, is studying engineering in Chennai.