Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Ragged to death: student jumps in front of moving train

Published on Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 15:09

Mumbai: A 20-year-old student from Mumbai's Advanced Training Institute killed himself after he got frustrated with being ragged for months in the institute. He jumped in front of a running train in Gangdhar area of Rajasthan's Jhalwar district on Monday.

Satwinder Kumar left behind a suicide note in which he blamed seven seniors for harassing him. He was being tortured at the college and his hostel for the past three months, the letter mentioned. Even, he could not appear in a recent mid-term examination due to the harassment.

Satwinder family members told the Jhalwar police that the matter had been reported to the college administration but, when the ragging did not stop, they had advised Satyendra to return home. He was supposed to come home by Monday but he got off the train near Chowmahala railway station and jumped in front of a train on Monday afternoon.

Maharashtra labour secretary Kavita Gupta said the institute, which was under the jurisdiction of the Union Labour and Employment Ministry, had not reported such an incident to the government. "But the government will go into the case and take appropriate action if any such incident has happened and is reported to us," she said.

The institute is located on V N Purav Marg in the Sion-Chunabhatti and comes under the jurisdiction of Nehru Nagar police station. Senior police inspector Prakash Kale, too, said the police station had not been informed about the incident.

Rajasthan cops said two railway guards saw him walking towards the tracks around 4.30pm on Monday. They even asked him what he was doing there but he replied that his family lived nearby. "He jumped in front of a goods train and died on the spot. We recovered a suicide note from his trouser pocket," a police officer said.

Jhalwar cops said they would send the report to the Mumbai police where a case under Section 306 of IPC could be registered against the students mentioned in the suicide note.

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