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Hrisheek's body reaches Singur, parents say 'never pressurised him'

Kolkata: West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) will seek a report from the Kolkata Police and Government Railway Police (GRP) regarding the suicide of first-year student Hrisheek Koley and urge the college authority to provide psychological counselling to those coming from Bengali-medium backgrounds.

According to Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, Chairperson of WBCPCR, often students from Bengali-medium feel uncomfortable after getting admission in English-medium colleges. As a result, they often get depressed. To avoid such situations, their morale needs to be boosted. "We will seek a report on Monday from the police. Also, we are going to provide some recommendations to the colleges, especially with English-medium studies. Students who come from Bengali medium or villages are often seen developing problems to cope up with the new environment in the city. College authorities will be asked to provide special care for them and also to arrange counselling classes for them. Such students should be informed that if they cannot speak any other language fluently other than his mother tongue, it does not mean that they do not have a bright future," said Chakraborti.

On the other hand, Hrisheek's body was handed over to his father Ratikanta Koley after the autopsy examination was done in Howrah. According to sources, Hrisheek's body was found on Thursday afternoon from the railway track between Hind Motor and Uttarpara railway station. The locomotive pilot of Howrah-Arambag local submitted a knockdown memo at Hind Motor railway station around 12:30 pm.

After GRP was informed, cops went there and recovered the body. While searching the bag found near the body, police found a note where Hrisheek had written that he failed to understand the lectures in classes as he could not understand English.

Also, he was having problems with computers. He also expressed his depression in the note that though he took admission in the said college willingly, he failed to cope with the environment and pressure. He also was in fear of getting scolded by his father. He also wrote that his decision of taking admission in that college was wrong.

Police also found a ticket to Singur from Howrah where Hrisheek used to stay. It is suspected that he might have left the college hostel to go home. But after boarding the train, in fear of criticism and getting a scolding, Hrisheek changed his mind and got down at Uttarpara. He was seen loitering aimlessly there for a few moments.

However, GRP Hind Motor is probing the Unnatural Death (UD) case of Hrisheek. Kolkata Police have stated that if the GRP needed any assistance regarding the case, they would provide help.

On Saturday afternoon, Hrisheek's body reached his home at Kismat Apurbapur in Singur. His family members, including his parents and elder sister, were inconsolable and claimed that he was never pressurised in anything since his childhood. Hrisheek had interacted with them on Wednesday night normally over the phone but they could not understand what made their child kill himself.

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