Curated By: Sukanya Nandy
Last Updated: September 18, 2023, 08:49 IST
A recent internal probe conducted by Jadavpur University found that the first-year student who died by suicide on August 9 was seen running naked at the hostel campus. A few minutes before the 17-year-old took the fatal plunge from the second-floor balcony of the main hostel at JU, fellow hostel mates saw him running across the corridor in a naked manner, reported Times of India.
The student, who had enrolled in the Bengali honours course at JU, had allegedly attempted to enter the toilet first to take cover and then rushed to a room. However, when he tried to close the door of the room, he was dragged out by third-year engineering student Md Arif and others and was made to stand without a shred of cloth on him in front of the seniors.
As per the report by the internal committee, the student was seen running around the corridor between 11.30 pm and 11.45 pm. The boy was held back by a fourth-year engineering student, Satyabrata Roy, and other seniors while the remaining students including other freshers attended a general body meeting conducted within the hostel at around 11 pm to 11.45 pm. The panel’s report further stated that the students were behaving in a nervous manner when accompanied by Roy.
The Jadavpur University report also claimed that around 7.30 pm, ex-student Sourav Chowdhury and four others made the student shout “sexist and abusive lines” directed towards the women residents of the adjacent police quarters.
The student later complained of stomach pain to which the seniors gave him medicines. He was seen sweating profusely during dinner around 8.20 pm and reportedly complained of being under tremendous pressure from his senior roommates who were also indulging in heavy drinking in his room. Between 9 pm and 10.45 pm, the Jadavpur University first-year student was forced to put his signature in a complaint letter addressed to the dean of students.
The report of the investigation committee of the university said that there were 15 types of ragging going on in the varsity. According to the report, various types of physical abuse were going on the hostel campus. The investigation committee of the university recommended 136 students as guilty in the death of the first-year student. A meeting of the executive council of the university is going to be held on September 26. It is believed that this report is likely to be discussed in that meeting.
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