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Monday , November 26 , 2012
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Gossner boy kills self after failing exam

A 20-year-old student of a prominent college in the capital committed suicide in the wee hours of Sunday, apparently unable to cope with his failure to clear his Part One examination, the results of which were announced on Saturday.

Vikas Kumar, a resident of Sector 2 in Dhurwa’s B type colony, was a first year BSc student of Gossner College.

According to the police, Kumar used a scarf to hang himself in the bathroom of his home. “The incident must have taken place after midnight. We came to know about it around 11.30am. The family too realised what had happened in the morning when someone tried to enter the bathroom,” said an officer at Jagannathpur police station.

Though no suicide note was recovered, police said poor exam results was the most likely trigger as the boy had been depressed ever since he came to know of his results on Saturday.

“The results of the Part One examination was announced on Saturday and the boy failed in some papers. We believe that was the reason for his suicide after speaking with his family members,” said an officer, adding that Vikas was an average student.

The youngest among three siblings, Vikas was the son of L. Prasad, a Grade Three employee of Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC).

Though Vikas’s family members were in no state to talk, neighbours maintained that he was a quiet boy who rarely mingled with anyone. “He was always busy with his work be it college or tuitions. He didn’t spend time sitting or roaming around in the colony,” said Samir Manjhi, a neighbour.

Meanwhile, in an another incident, police recovered the body of a 22-year-old Hazaribagh resident from one of the buildings on the Marwari College campus. Rajiv Jaiswal, who lived with his cousin Hemant Jaiswal’s family at Lake Road, was found hanging.