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Student found hanging

- Youth from Mizoram dies in RIMS boys’ hostel

Imphal, June 25: An MBBS student from Mizoram, Benjamin Laithlamuana, was found hanging in his hostel room on the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) premises here this afternoon.

The RIMS authorities do not suspect any foul play, as there were reports of the student suffering from depression.

The sixth semester student’s hostel mates found him hanging by a cloth from the ceiling fan in his room in the boys’ hostel at 1pm today.

“Some hotel mates found him hanging from the ceiling fan when they entered his room to check on him. They reported the matter to the institute authorities,” Iboyaima Laithangbam, RIMS media adviser, said. The students found the door closed but not bolted from inside.

Laithlamuana was staying in a single room, as the hostel is a single-room accommodation. There was no suicide note, though the RIMS authorities believe it was a case of suicide.

His friends did not see him this morning at breakfast and during lunch in the hostel mess. Some of his friends then went to his room to find what was wrong with him, sources said.

If it is a case of suicide this will be the first time that a student of the RIMS, a central institute, did so on the campus.

Lamphel police station registered a case and the body is being kept at the mortuary of the institute for post-mortem.

The possible motive given by officials of the institute was depression. Sources said the student did not perform well in the fifth semester examination.

“It is a shocking incident. We have informed the student’s relatives,” medical superintendent M. Amuba said.

Though no foul play was suspected, the RIMS authorities said an internal probe would be conducted to find out how the incident took place. This will be in addition to the police investigation.

The teaching and non-teaching staff and students of the institute held a joined condolence meeting later in the day in the examination hall. They observed a two-minute silence. Institute director S. Sekharjit sent a condolence message to the family of the student.

The body would be flown to his home state tomorrow. Some of his friends would accompany the body to his home as the family informed the RIMS authorities that they would not be coming to take the body.