21-year-old IIT-Bombay student commits suicide in hostel


A 21-year-old chemical engineering student of IIT Bombay allegedly committed suicide on the premises of the premier institution at Powai here by consuming some poisonous substance, police said on Sunday.

Jitesh Sharma, who was in third year, was apparently depressed with the choice of his academic course, they said.

Sharma, who hails from Haryana, was found dead on the terrace of the hostel Saturday evening by his friends, following which police were informed.

“He has written a suicide note in Hindi and English that shows he was under depression,” the investigating officer from Powai police station said.

According to police, Sharma was apparently unhappy with the choice of his academic course, and a suicide note, purportedly written by him and found near his body, indicates he was depressed.

“I should not have been into this field. I did a mistake by passing JE exam. I have now learnt to be away from my parents (sic),” the officer said quoting the suicide note.

Sharma’s body was sent for postmortem this morning.

“Prima facie, the student is suspected to have consumed some poisonous substance, but it can only be ascertained after we get the medical reports,” the officer said.

An accidental death report (ADR) has been registered and further investigation is on into the matter, he said.

“Today being a holiday, we are unable to contact his friends and faculty heads. But as soon as the classes resume, we would try to get details about his academic and social performance,” he said.

The student’s father has been informed about the incident.

Sharma was reportedly not doing well in studies and was yet to clear a few subjects of previous semesters, said the officer citing information gathered from his friends.

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