Minor allegedly dies by suicide in college hostel at Chikkadpally; family seeks action against management

'He was taken to a private hospital where they declared him brought dead and then his body was handed over to Gandhi Hospital without filing a police complaint,' said a relative.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Nov 25, 2023 | 2:09 PMUpdatedNov 25, 2023 | 7:11 PM

The boy who allegedly died by suicide was 16 years old. (Creative Commons)

A minor allegedly died by suicide in his hostel room at Aakash Junior College in Chikkadpally, Hyderabad, on the evening of Friday, 24 November. The 16-year-old was admitted to the college on 11 June, and he was living in Gouri Nivas, the junior college’s hostel.

According to a statement from the deceased’s family, the boy had not gone to college for the last two days and he was last seen around 4-5 pm with his classmate when they went to eat food outside the hostel.

Later, the deceased returned to his room and locked himself in and did not open the door despite his friend banging on the door repeatedly.

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Details of the incident

Based on the FIR copy accessed by South First, the boy’s uncle Lekkala Venu had received a call from the boy’s mother Sudha, stating that she received a call from the college management informing her that the son had died by suicide and that they had asked the family to come.

However, as they live in Bhadrachalam and it takes 7-8 hours to reach Hyderabad, his uncle Venu reached the spot first. By then, the boy’s body was sent to the mortuary in Gandhi Hospital.

Another relative, Abhilash, speaking to South First, said, “The boy’s uncle Venu and I rushed to the college and we were informed that the boy was taken to a private hospital near the college where they declared him brought dead. They, in turn, handed over the body to Gandhi Hospital without filing a police complaint.”

He added, “We also found that the boy’s mobile had been reset (reformatted to delete all data) and that he had not attended classes for the last two days. What is the responsibility of the college management and the warden? We are being told that he drank Harpic toilet cleaner and that he hung himself to death; the postmortem report is still pending. There were no marks on his body.”

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Case registered against college management

“We are shifting the body to his hometown but, in the meantime, we have filed a case against the college management for negligence in dealing with the situation and are seeking action against them,” Abhilash said.

“His classmates and roommates are also being threatened not to speak to the family members. How would we know what has happened if the management behaves in this manner?” a distraught Abhilash asked.

In a press statement, A Seethaiah, Station House Officer, said that they received information through the minor boy’s uncle and a case has been filed under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and further action will be taken after inquiring into the details from the college, hostel, and family members.