Luv Kumar’s (below) house at Ashok Nagar in Argora, Ranchi, on Friday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
The body of an engineering student, who had gone missing since September 2, was recovered from Hatia dam in Ranchi on Friday, incidentally the date of his birth.
Luv Kumar, who would have turned 24 on September 6, was a final-year student of information science and engineering at MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. While his family is suspecting foul play, police hinted at suicide.
The eldest son of state civil aviation department’s deputy secretary Ram Narayan Ram and a resident of Kashyap Complex in Ashok Nagar, Argora, Luv was staying in Ranchi for three months after answering his final exams.
He was missing since the night of September 2 when he rode off on his Honda Aviator scooty (JH-01MT-975).
A missing case was registered in his connection the same night at Argora police station. The scooty has not yet been found.
While his family members are maintaining the youth was kidnapped and killed for the scooty, which is still missing, acquaintances said Luv could have committed suicide as he was depressed after he came to know he failed his final-year exam last month.
The blow was doubly hard as Luv had bagged a job during campus selection at a Delhi-based company.
Ranchi SP (city) Manoj Ratan said the post-mortem report would clear matters. “Prima facie, it appears to be suicide. It has come to our knowledge that the boy could not pass his final year examination due to poor marks in one or two papers. I heard his father wants to register a case of abduction and murder. But so far he has not come to us. Let him register a case and we will proceed,” he said.
He added the angle of abduction-and-murder did not seem plausible. “If someone abducted the boy, there would have been a ransom call.”
Bureaucrat father apart, Luv is survived by homemaker mother Lalita Devi, sister Bhagya Shree, a BCom Part II student of St Xavier’s College, and younger brother Kush Kumar, a Class XI student of DAV Alok, Pundag. The family hails from Sasaram in Bihar.
When The Telegraph visited the residence around 3pm, Lalita Devi was in no position to speak. Bhagya Shree said her father and Kush had gone to the post-mortem department, RIMS, to get the body.
“I saw bhaiya (Luv) at 8pm on September 2 when he left home on his scooty saying he would return soon. I called him up later. After three calls, his mobile was switched off,” the tearful girl said.
Asked about Luv’s final-year results, she said she was not in a position to give details.