An MTech student of Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) hanged herself at a private hostel in Ranchi on Tuesday, apparently after a quarrel with her boyfriend.
Dipika Kumari (25), originally from Patna, was found hanging around 1.30pm from the ceiling fan of her room on the second floor of Orient Girls Hostel, well-known private lodgings for students at Deputy Para area in the heart of the city under Lalpur police station area.
Police said Dipika had texted a message to someone she saved in her phonebook contact list simply as B-Bihar.
It read: “I will have left the world before you come.”
Around lunchtime, hostel caretaker Piya Kumari got suspicious when Dipika’s room stayed bolted from inside despite frequent knocks and calls on her cellphone.
Piya informed hostel owner Pankaj Kumar, who in turn immediately called up Lalpur police station officer-in-charge Shailesh Kumar.
A police team reached the private hostel and broke open the door to discover the engineering student hanging.
“The girl had made the fatal noose with her dupatta and had taken the help of a chair to tie it to the ceiling fan,” a policeman said.
Lalpur thana officer-in-charge Shailesh Kumar said a case of unnatural death had been registered.
The body has been sent to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Bariatu.
Dipika’s family has been informed, said superintendent of police (city) Anup Birthare.
Police will now probe the cellphone details of the girl, the city SP added.
“We are collecting her call and text details,” he said.
A hostel inmate, also a student who did not want to be named, said Dipika was going through emotional turmoil. “She had been having heated discussions with her friends here on a personal matter,” the girl said.
Hostel owner Pankaj Kumar said they had nothing to do with the personal life of any lodger. “I know nothing about the deceased. I reached the hostel after getting call from the caretaker,” he said.