Students claims that the victim had been forced to take the drastic step by the college's activities.
Digital Desk: A student's death by suicide at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Silchar sparked protests from other students at the university. On the NIT campus in Assam, student protests grew violent, resulting in police intervention. The police used lathi charges, injuring 40 people.
Students who felt enraged by the death vandalised many vehicles including the hostel property as well, claiming that the victim had been forced to take the drastic step by the college's activities.
On Friday, the deceased student's body—an Arunachal Pradesh native—was discovered hanging in the hostel. The deceased was a third-year student at NIT who lived in Hostel 7 and had been admitted in 2020.
It is alleged that by the time police arrived, college friends' protests had reportedly gotten harsher. The Kachar district's Deputy Commissioner Anmol Mahatva and Kachar's Superintendent of Police Rohan Kumar Jha went to the NIT campus to assess the situation. A contingent of CRPF members has been sent out to maintain order.
After the disturbance caused property damage and one of the students present threw a water bottle at Normal Mahato, the Superintendent of Police for Kachar, the security officers resorted to baton charges. Over 40 NIT students suffered injuries as a result of the police baton charge that was sparked by this. While some of the injured students were treated and released, others were hospitalised to Silchar Medical College.
Following the protests, the officials called a meeting and warned that NIT might have to close for a few days if the situation got worse.
WHY IS NIT BEING BLAMED?
It is claimed that the deceased student's absence from online classes during the pandemic was caused by inadequate internet connectivity in his hometown. This caused backlogs and prevented his promotion to the next semester as well.
Students, however, said that he wasn't the only one having this problem.
After that, the deceased student went to a Friday morning meeting with other students and urged that those with backlogs be promoted. The student was ejected from their office as a result of the NIT
administrators' alleged use of abusive language and refusal to heed their requests.
It is to be noted that when a student went to the deceased student's room at 5:00 pm, found him hanging from a rope.