Student dies by suicide at IIIT- Basara in Telangana, fifth death in a year

The deceased had less than 45 percent attendance and his parents were informed on Monday that he should appear for exams next year.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 17, 2024 | 10:59 AM Updated Apr 17, 2024 | 10:59 AM

IIIT Basara

A student of the state-run Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT)— popularly known as IIIT Basara in Telangana allegedly died by suicide in his hostel room, police said on Tuesday, 16 April.

The 17-year-old student of the Pre-University Course (PUC) at the institute spent time with his friends till around midnight on Monday, 15 April, and the incident came to light this morning. He ended his life by hanging, they said.

The deceased had less than 45 percent attendance and his parents were informed on Monday that he should appear for exams next year. There were many others who lacked the requisite attendance, police added.

Also Read: Another IIIT-Basara student dies by suicide: Police say he was upset over father’s remarriage

Five deaths in 2023

In the past year, five students have ended their lives in the IIIT-Basara premises. In November 2023, first-year engineering student, 19-year-old, Ramati Praveen Kumar, was found dead in his hostel room.

A police sub-inspector attached to the Nirmal police had informed South First then that the student was reportedly upset over his father remarrying in October 2023. The student had lost his mother in early 2023.

On 8 August 2023, 16-year-old Jadav Babloo from Narayankhed in the Sangareddy district ended his life in his hostel room.

Babloo, who came from an ST community, had joined the university a week before his death. Reports said he had been depressed and homesick ever since he joined the college and wanted to return home.

In June 2023, two first-year PUC female students died on campus within 48 hours.

The first student, Deepika, was found dead in the washroom, while the second student, Likitha, reportedly fell off the fourth floor.

Also read: Southern states saw 2,900 student suicides every year since 2014

(With PTI inputs)

(If you need support or know someone who has suicidal thoughts, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist or contact the helpline numbers of suicide prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families. Tele-MANAS: 14416; Life Suicide Prevention: 7893078930; Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584.)