March 17: An IIT Kharagpur MTech student who hailed from a farmers’ family in Andhra Pradesh was today found hanging in his hostel room.
Police said a mismatch between the student’s MNC aspirations and the teaching job he had got could be a reason for the death.
Boga Shravan, 24, hailed from Raghunathpuram in Nalgonda district and had been pursuing the IIT course through a tuition reimbursement scheme of his home state for backward-caste students.
According to Shravan’s friends with whom the police spoke and his family back in Andhra, the boy had wanted to work in a multi-national company (MNC), the dream of the majority of engineering students in the country.
It is not immediately clear to which MNCs Shravan had applied for jobs.
IIT registrar Tapan Kumar Ghosal said Shravan had got a teaching job in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies in Hyderabad.
The registrar said Shravan was a good student and was popular among his classmates and teachers.
“We found no suicide note. But we learnt after talking to his friends that he had been suffering from depression for his failure to get a job of his choice in the recent campus interview,” a police officer said in Kharagpur.
The police have registered a case of unnatural death and are waiting for the post-mortem report.
“He did well in all his semesters. He got a placement recently. It remains a mystery why he committed suicide. His friends are saying he might have been suffering from depression,” Ghosal said.
Shravan is the son of a farmer-and-weaver couple whose annual income is around Rs 2 lakh.
A relative in the boy’s family in Andhra told a Telugu news channel this evening: “We don’t have the money to send anyone to Kharagpur to get the body.”
Sources in the Nalgonda collectorate said efforts were being made to bring the body by air tomorrow.
Shravan has two sisters and a brother.
The body was first seen by Shravan’s friends who came to call him to play Holi around 9am today. His friends broke the door after they did not get a response to repeated calls.
According to the registrar, Shravan had been staying alone for the past few days as his roommate had recently shifted to another room.
The youth was last seen by his friends loitering in the corridor near his hostel room last night.
“We were told that he was seen loitering in the corridor late last night. So we guess he might have committed suicide early this morning,” the IIT registrar said.
A police officer associated with the investigation said the youth had used a plastic chair and a nylon rope to hang himself from the ceiling fan.
Shravan’s body has been sent for post-mortem to the Kharagpur sub-divisional hospital.
Last week, an IIT Guwahati student hailing from North 24-Parganas was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room.
IIT Guwahati director Gautam Biswas had said Shoaib Ahmed’s friends told the authorities that the 22-year-old student pursuing masters in maths had been suffering from depression.
The student’s family had denied the claim.