MIT student death: Police await post-mortem2 min read
Manipal: Neham Agrawal, a second year chemical engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), was found with severe burns in the bathroom at Hostel Block No. X, MIT Hostels during the early hours of 17 March. He succumbed to the injuries later in the day.
A statement released by G.K. Prabhu, Director of MIT, noted that the victim was found by caretakers and security guards, in the common bathroom after sustaining severe burn injuries around midnight of March 16-17. The victim was immediately rushed to Kasturba Hospital, where he was declared critical by doctors. He passed away at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.
Following his death, there were speculations across various social media platforms that claimed details of the incident were intentionally fabricated. A message circulated on WhatsApp read, “It is wrongfully being portrayed as a suicide by falsifying evidence. It is high time the students of the college take up a stand and I urge everyone to come near the Block 10 basketball ground to take up some action.”
Police officials who spoke to The Manipal Journal refused to comment on the same. “Investigations are ongoing and the doctors will confirm what has happened there”, said S.V. Girish, Police Inspector, Manipal Police Station. To put an end to all the rumours being circulated, G. K. Prabhu sent out a message to students and assured them that all necessary steps will be taken to bring out the truth of the incident.
The body is currently at the Department of Forensic Medicine while the post-mortem report is yet to be released. A source close to the victim spoke to The Manipal Journal on condition of anonymity and underscored the need to put an end to speculations. “It is a tense situation and such rumours should not circulate around. The director, joint director as well as the chief wardens have been present here since the incident occurred,” quoted the source.
Update – The police are currently at Kamath Circle collecting statements from students. Despite several attempts to incite a protest at the basketball court near Block 10 via WhatsApp, there were no signs of any protest.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat
Stay tuned for more updates as The Manipal Journal follows this developing story.