Arunachal student dies in hostel brawl

A fourth-semester civil engineering student of the Scholar's Institute of Technology and Management (SITM) here at Garoghuli died following a fight with his classmates at the institute's hostel last night.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 22.02.17
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Scholar's Institute of Technology and Management

Guwahati, Feb. 21: A fourth-semester civil engineering student of the Scholar's Institute of Technology and Management (SITM) here at Garoghuli died following a fight with his classmates at the institute's hostel last night.

Police said 21-year-old Katem Dai died of a head injury that he sustained during a scuffle with his classmate, Rajen Tachang, 23, at the institute's boys' hostel around 9.30pm.

Both the accused and the victim hail from Arunachal Pradesh. Katem was from Pasighat in East Siang district while Rajen is from Seijosa in East Kameng district.

"The student suffered a head injury after he hit a wall during the fight. Though he was rushed to the nearby Ayursundra Superspeciality Hospital, he was declared dead on arrival," deputy commissioner of police (West) Mridulananda Sarma said.

The police have arrested Rajen and registered a case under Section 302 IPC (murder) against him at Gorchuk police station. They have collected CCTV footage at the hostel for investigation.

Another police officer said the duo had gone to a party organised near the institute to celebrate Arunachal Statehood Day last evening and were suspected to have consumed alcohol there.

"It is suspected that after returning to the hostel, they had a heated argument and a drunken brawl but the hostel warden intervened and pacified them. After some time, Katem went to Rajen's hostel room with a geometric compass in his hand and challenged him to a fight," the source said.

Katem's body has been sent to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for an autopsy.

A family member of the accused claimed that Katem's death was "not an intentional murder" as everything happened in a few moments and Rajen acted in a fit of rage.

The police said only the investigation will reveal whether it is a clear-cut murder or culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The examination in-charge of the institute, Pranjal Choudhury, said they were cooperating with the police in the investigation and have also instituted an internal inquiry in the incident, which he described as "very unfortunate".