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IIT aspirant hangs self in Kota hostel, third suicide since Saturday

December 27, 2018

A 17-year-old IIT aspirant from Bihar was found hanging in his hostel room in Rajasthan’s Kota, the third student suicide since Saturday in the entrance coaching hub of the country.

Jitesh Gupta of Bihar’s Siwan district was on Tuesday found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room in Kota’s Mahavir Nagar-II area, sub-inspector Ramswroop said on Wednesday.

Jitesh, who has completed his schooling, was in Kota for the last three years to prepare for IIT-JEE, the entrance test that holds key to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). He was a student of a premier coaching centre here, he added.

Jitesh did not take calls from his parents since Tuesday morning, following which they informed his friends. When his friends went to his room they found it locked from inside and after peeping through the window, they found Jitesh hanging from the ceiling fan.

The reason behind the suicide was yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was found, police said. Jitesh last spoke to his family Monday evening and had told his brother that he was not doing well in studies after recovering from a sickness five months back. His brother had told him that he would soon visit Kota to meet him. However, he took his life that night.

This is the third case of suicide of a student in Kota since Saturday. On Saturday, a 16-year-old IIT aspirant from the state’s Bundi district committed suicide. Deepak Dadich of Laxmipura village hanged himself in an upper-storey room of his coaching institute.

On Sunday, Diksha Singh, a 17-year-old aspiring to crack medical entrance test NEET also committed suicide. Diksha was from Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar town and was found hanging in her hostel room in Adarsh Nagar area.

Thousands of students from across the northern part of the country get admitted to private coaching institutes in Kota to prepare for engineering and medical entrance tests. The high stress levels students have to endure here have come under severe criticism in the past few years.

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