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Visva student found hanging

Santiniketan, Aug. 6: A second-year student of Visva-Bharati’s Sangeet Bhavana was found hanging today at her rented accommodation in Santiniketan, a Tagore poem scribbled by her on the wall.

Satabhisha Saha, 20, a Bankura resident, had been pursuing B.Music in Rabindra Sangeet for the past one year. The girl’s parents, who are schoolteachers, said she had been suffering from brain cancer since 2004.

The sub-divisional police officer of Bolpur, Surya Prakash Yadav, said: “The preliminary probe suggests suicide. We don’t suspect foul play. Her family has not lodged any complaint against anyone.”

A police officer said empty adhesive tubes were found in Satabhisha’s room.

“We have found many empty adhesive tubes in her room. Her mother told us that she had been suffering from cancer since 2004 and was depressed and frustrated,” Yadav said.

Satabhisha’s mother Bijoya Saha Sarkar, who rushed to Santiniketan from Bankura, also said her daughter was depressed.

“She had been suffering from brain cancer. She had to take strong medicines and lost her hair. This, too, frustrated her. My daughter called me for the last time around 11 last night. Today, I came to know about her death when I was taking an examination in my school,” Bijaya said.

Two lines of a Tagore song in Satabhisha’s handwriting were seen on a wall at her rented accommodation. “Tomaro ashime pranomono loye joto dure ami dhai/ Kothao dukhho, kothao mrityu, kotha bichhed nai (Farther I traverse across your endless world with my heart/ There is no sorrow, no death and no parting).”

SDPO Yadav said no suicide note was found.

Sangeet Bhavana principal Sabyasachi Sarkhel said: “Satabhisha was a good student. We did not know about her ailment.”