IIT-Bombay student commits suicide in campus

Mumbai: A third-year chemical engineering student Jitesh Sharma, of IIT Bombay, was found dead on the terrace of a hostel in the campus on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old student was reportedly suffering from depression and undergoing counseling for over six months.
Sharma’s body was recovered on Saturday evening, around 7 pm, on the terrace of hostel number 15 B on the campus.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Sharma had consumed some poisonous chemical as a container of sodium azide, was found next to his body, said a police officer.

A first-year student living in hostel 15 B found Sharma lying on the terrace with froth coming out of his mouth. He called other students and alerted the security. Sharma was then rushed to the IIT Bombay hospital, where he was declared dead. The police were informed and Sharma’s body was sent to Rajawadi hospital for post-mortem.

According to the police, the suicide note stated that he was worried about the results of his exams and was worried about not getting a good placement. Sharma’s suicide note stated: “I did a mistake by appearing and passing in JEE exam. This field is not for me.”

Sharma had appeared for two papers, which were scheduled on April 24 and on April 29.

Professor Anindya Dutta, dean of students’ affair, said, “The student had been undergoing regular counselling sessions since the beginning of this semester. Hence, his parents knew he was depressed. As suggested by the counsellors, his parents visited him once or twice a month. He was weak in studies and was depressed about it, but according to the counsellors, he was improving,” said Dutta.

 

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