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College student hangs self

Two persons ended their lives in the capital, most probably, in the small hours of Wednesday. The exact timing of their deaths could be ascertained only after the post-mortem.

A fourth year student of Ranchi Veterinary College, Rishikesh Kumar (26), was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room around 7.15am.

Kumar was mentally depressed and under the treatment of a city-based psychiatrist. A prescription recovered from his room revealed the fact. No suicide note was found though.

The incident came to light when his batchmates did not receive any response from Kumar’s room (No. 306) at hostel building No.2.

“When one his batchmates repeatedly knocked on Kumar’s door and failed to get any response, he became suspicious. He immediately called us and we broke open the door,” said a student on condition of anonymity.

An official at Kanke police station confirmed the suicide, saying that “a case of unnatural death had been registered in this connection.”

In Namkum police station area, Pran Lohra, also 26, consumed pesticide to end his life. His body was recovered from a paddy field at Bargama in the morning.

A villager said, “Empty bottles of liquor and pesticide were recovered from the spot where the body of Lohra was lying.”

Ruling out any foul play, an official at Namkum police station said a case of unnatural death had been registered. Preliminary investigation points at suicide only, he added.

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