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[August 09, 2014]

Jadavpur University student's family cries murder [Kolkata] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KOLKATA: The death of Jadavpur University (JU) student Manish Ranjan Mishra took a new twist on Wednesday when his parents claimed he might have been murdered. Police sources insisted that the initial postmortem report of the final-year IT student had only "strengthened" the suicide theory. However, the cops have not ruled out lodging a murder case if the family is not satisfied with the final postmortem report. According to Usheshar Nath Mitra, a businessman and father of the student, his son's body had several wounds. "How can there be wounds on the body if he committed suicide?" argued Manish's maternal uncle Vijay Kumar Tiwari. Police though claimed that it was highly possible that the wounds were inflicted after death. "It seems that his friends who saw him hanging had tried to bring him down in haste in order to save his life. But in the process, they dropped the body, which led to abrasions," said a top detective department official. Police, however, are not closing the case yet. "Even if he killed himself, we need to find out why he did it. We have started collecting the statements of his friends and professors. We have also seized a few of his personal items, including his laptop, and scanning its contents. Our aim is to find out if he left any suicide note," said a divisional officer heading the investigations. Sources in Bidhannagar South police - who are probing the case - have indicated that they might call in forensic experts to ascertain if the hostel room where Manish was found dead had been locked from inside. "We want to be absolutely certain that no outsider had access to the room," said another officer, adding that it is "getting increasingly certain that Manish was anxious to get a high-paying job. "He was a basketball player who got admitted through the sports quota. One of his friends claimed that he wanted to settle in the US to pursue this game. This seems a bit far-fetched, but we will probe this angle too," added the officer. The university campus remained tense on Wednesday, too. Visitors were screened and students barred from inviting guests into the hostel at Salt Lake where Manish hanged himself the day before. Manish lived in a single-seater room in the North block of the hostel. With campus interviews on in full swing, teachers and students were busy with it. But no one had a clue why the talented student - a basketball player who represented the university - chose to end his life after appearing in just the first round of an interview. "Some amount of tension is bound to prevail when campus interviews are happening. We are all under pressure. But this time, the mood is upbeat, for recruitment rates are good. Almost all top IT firms are here and we expect 95% absorption this time. So, it's strange that he decided to give up so early," said Nabarun Molla, a final-year instrumentation engineering student and a boarder of the hostel. Others were just as surprised. "Campus placements have never been poor in IT. This time, too, it looks as good as ever. It had dipped slightly last year. But this time things are looking much better," said a final-year electrical engineering student. IT head of the department Samiran Chattopadhyay said he would be greatly surprised if Manish had indeed killed himself fearing he would miss out on a good placement. "He was a better-than-average student with a 7.5 grade point average. He was also a sportsman, which made him extremely energetic and jovial. I won't be able to comment on his personal life, but career-wise there seemed to be no particular reason for him to be depressed. Recruitments are always good on our campus and he would surely have landed a decent job," said Chattopadhyay. The IT department is housed on the university's Salt Lake campus. It looked deserted and security guards prevented outsiders from entering the premises under instruction from the authorities. "While we are going about our placements as usual and some companies came even today, the shock of Manish's death looms large on the campus. Can the uncertainty of career now cost a life? It is a scary thought. Yes, we are tense since placement seems like a make-or-break situation for us now. At JU, we are all good students and expectation sky-rockets," mused a final-year student from IT engineering. Registrar Pradip Ghosh looked pensive though he didn't say much beyond "let the police investigate the matter". Ghosh repeatedly said that the hostel is under great surveillance and outsiders cannot access it. "I am extremely sad and tense at this loss of life," he said.


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