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JNU student commits suicide in campus, depression suspected

JNU student commits suicide in campus, depression suspected

New Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.

The investigating agency said that the deceased was undergoing some treatment as per preliminary enquiry. They are also probing weather the student was under depression. According to police, they were alerted about the incident on Friday at about 12 pm.

A PCR call was received in Vasant Kunj (North) police station regarding the suicide note of a JNU student which was received by a professor.

The investigating team reached at the spot which was School of Language. After contacting the caller who was the office in charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel.

"He said that he received a message from warden regarding Rishi Joshua Thomas, student of MA 2nd year English language JNU, residing at JNU's Mahi Mandvi Hostel.

In the note, it was written that he is committing suicide," an investigator said.

Police further added that during investigation it was revealed that in the basement of library one room was locked from inside.

"On knocking no one responded. From the window Rishi Joshua was seen hanging from the ceiling fan, the door was forcibly opened and the body was taken down by cutting the cable," added city police press statement.

The statement further reads that at the spot a doctor from JNU declared him dead.

Later for collecting clues and to further probe the crime, team visited the spot. The body has been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. "Relatives informed one cousin brother Mathew Varghese also reached JNU. One suicide note mailed to Prof of English language. As per preliminary enquiry, no foul play is suspected. Further investigation is in progress," police said.

The JNU in the press statement said that they express its deep condolences at the untimely demise of an MA student in one of the academic buildings of the university.

Police were informed forthwith and the case is being investigated. His body has been sent to the Safdarjung Hospital and his parents have been informed about this unfortunate incident.

Police are also probing if it was due to a relationship gone wrong or because of some other reason.

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