Durgapur, Sept. 27: The body of an NIT student was today found with his face down outside his hostel on the Durgapur campus.
The body of Vijay Kumar Rai, a second-year biotechnology student who hailed from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, was spotted by hostel inmates around 7.30am today. There was dried blood near his mouth and his hands were folded.
A section of Rai’s classmates said he was pushed off the roof of the four-storeyed hostel after he refused to sing despite being told to do so by some fourth-year students.
The NIT authorities denied the allegation of ragging.
NIT registrar P.S. Sandhu said: “We have no information that Rai had been ragged.”
Police said they had started a case of unnatural death.
The roof of the NIT hostel has three-foot-high walls. Sources said it was unlikely that Rai had fallen off accidentally. His classmates said Rai could not have committed suicide as there was no abnormality in his behaviour.