A fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Friday.
“Let me sleep,” was all that the suicide note, found in his room, said. While police sent Nidhin N’s body for post-mortem, the institute authorities declined to comment.
This is the third IIT-Kharagpur student to end his life on the campus this year, second within a month.
The police said Nidhin (22), who had come from Kerala, would set his alarm clock at 2 am every night to wake up and study. Early on Friday, when the alarm did not stop ringing, the other students in the hostel suspected something was amiss.
They went up to his room, but the door was shut from inside and Nidhin reportedly did not respond. When he did not appear even on Friday, the hostel authorities were alerted.
Some of the students broke Nidhin’s room’s window panes to find him hanging from the ceiling. Cops at the nearby Hijli outpost was called; the OC and the additional SP of Kharagpur reached the IIT campus, broke open the door to recover Nidhin’s body.
West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh said a probe was on and that the police were examining the suicide note. The IIT campus saw the first suicide this year on January 16, when Lokesh Meena from Rajasthan jumped on the tracks and was hit by a train at Jakpur station.
The second death took place on March 30, when a youth from Andhra Pradesh, Sana Sree Raj, was found also on the train tracks, barely 500m from the IIT campus. Though the family claimed it was a murder, police called it a suicide.