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Fatal jolt to budding techies Student dead, pals missing

The decomposed body of a 21-year-old engineering college student was found hanging from a ceiling fan on Tuesday at the Sector VIIIA, Bokaro steel city, quarters he shared with three other friends.

That Rajat Kumar Singh was last seen with his roommates four days ago and the latter have been missing since have made police keep murder investigations open. Also, no suicide note has been found on the second-year electronics student of Guru Govind Singh Educational Society’s Technical Campus.

A native of Sindri town in Dhanbad, Rajat had apparently illegally occupied Q. No. 1279 in the steel city, which is 15km from his college in Chas, six months ago. Neighbours said he lived with three other boys about his age and all students. They could not say whether Rajat’s friends were also from the same engineering college.

Police were informed after the closed quarters began letting out an unbearable stench for the past two days. On Tuesday afternoon, a team from Sector IX police station broke the main door open to find Rajat’s noosed and decomposing body. Preliminary probe suggests death three days ago. The student’s identity and details were established from his Aadhaar card found in the room.

Sector IX officer-in-charge Rajesh Kumar said they had acted on a call from Sector VIII that complained of foul smell from the quarters where four students lived. The caller had also categorically mentioned that no one had entered or left the place in the last few days.

“We rushed a team and found the body hanging from a fan with a rope. It was in bad shape, stinking. He must have died at least three days ago. We have sent the body for post-mortem while forensic experts have been called to help investigations,” Kumar said.

He added that the quarters belonged to Bokaro Steel and, according to neighbours, the four boys were encroaching upon it for six months. “We are looking for Rajat’s roommates who are missing. The tragic news has been sent to the student’s family in Sindri.”