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IIT student hangs self

March 17: An IIT Kharagpur student hailing from Andhra Pradesh was today found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room.

According to police, preliminary investigation had revealed that Boga Shravan, 24, who was pursuing MTech in computer science, committed suicide as he was upset at not getting the job of his choice.

Sources said Boga had got a job to teach in a university in his home state, but wanted to work in a multi-national company. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

“After talking to his friends and classmates, we suspect he committed suicide because of depression. He did not get the job of his choice,” a senior police officer said in Kharagpur.

Boga was last seen by his friends loitering in the corridor near his hostel room last night.

IIT registrar Tapan Kumar Ghosal said Boga, who hailed from Raghunathpuram in Nalgonda district, was a good student and was popular among his classmates and teachers. “Boga 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.

Boga’s body was first seen by his friends who came to call him to play Holi around 9am. His friends broke the door after they did not get any response to repeated calls.

“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,” a police officer said.

According to the registrar, Boga was staying alone for the past few days as his roommate had recently shifted to another room. “We were told that he was seen loitering in the corridor late last night. So we guess he might have committed suicide this morning,” he said.

A police officer associated with the investigation said Boga had used a plastic chair and a nylon rope to hang himself.

The student’s parents in Andhra Pradesh are farmers. Sources said Boga had been pursuing the IIT course on a scholarship offered by the state. “We don’t have money to send anyone to Kharagpur to get the body,” a relative told a Telugu news channel today.

Sources in Nalgonda collectorate said efforts were being made to bring the body by air tomorrow. Boga has two sisters and a brother.