A 29-year-old student of IIT-Kanpur, who recently took admission in the institute, was found dead in her hostel room on Thursday afternoon. Police said prima facie it looked like a suicide case but added that they have not recovered any suicide note.
This is the second case of alleged suicide at IIT-Kanpur in the last two weeks.
“We have sent the body for postmortem and will know more once we get the report. It seems to be a case of suicide as the door was properly locked from inside,” Kanpur Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kalyanpur) Abhishek Pandey said.
Priyanka Jaiswal (29) is a resident of Dumka district in Jharkhand. Last month, she got admitted to a PhD programme in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the institute.
Police said they were informed about the death on Thursday afternoon by the IIT-Kanpur administration. “Priyanka Jaiswal’s family called the IIT authorities to check on her after she didn’t take their calls in the last 24 hours. When the officials of the institute visited the hostel, they found the room locked from inside and got no response from her,” said Pandey, adding that she was found dead when the door was broken.
“We have informed her family members in Jharkhand who are on their way. Once they reach Kanpur, we will ask them what could have led the student to take the step. The students didn’t know her well as she recently got admitted to the institute,” added Pandey.
The institute, in a statement, said: “Priyanka Jaiswal was found dead in her hostel room this (Thursday) afternoon. A police forensic team visited the campus… The Institute is awaiting the police investigation to determine the likely cause of the death.”
On January 10, 26-year-old Vikas Kumar Meena, a student at the institute’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, was found dead in his hostel room. Police said that Vikas had left a suicide note, saying that he was having some academic issues and that he took the step on his own and no one should be blamed for his death.