Absence of window grilles aid in student ending his life2 min read
Manipal: A second year undergraduate student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) ended his life when he jumped off from the eighth floor window of the recreation room of his hostel premises on February 15.
The incident occurred around 4pm in the table tennis (TT) hall of the 14th block Boys Hostel inside the MIT campus. The deceased, identified as Harsh Kalia was conscious after the fall, hostel authority claims. He died before emergency medical care could be rushed to the spot. A team of Campus Patrol, the security wing of MIT followed by the Chief Warden Col. (Retd) C. M. S. Kalakoti took stock of the situation.
It is to be noted that the windows of the TV and table tennis halls have absolutely no grillwork or any such other means by which an accidental fall can be avoided. While the hostel rooms have adequate safety measures, these two rooms have no such measures. “During big tournaments, the TV room is choc-a-bloc. There’s always a danger of someone falling,” Sidhant Bhattacharya, a second year Electronics engineering student of MIT and an acquaintance of Kalia said adding, “None of us know for sure about the reason behind this ghastly act of his.”
While many contrasting theories gained word of mouth in the absence of a suicide note, no definite cause of his death has been attributed to, from the Chief Warden’s office. Official sources chose to keep mum over his death citing pending investigations while the Police when contacted by TMJ weren’t readily available for comment.
It has also been learnt that his parents had come on a visit to Manipal on that day. The deceased hailed from New Delhi and was pursuing his Mechanical engineering studies at MIT.
This is the second such incident in close succession coming to light in recent times. A third year student from Kolkata had also committed suicide around May last year.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran