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IIT-Hyderabad student jumps to death; third incident in this year

October 30, 2019

A 20-year-old B.Tech student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad allegedly jumped off the hostel building on the campus on Tuesday, October 29 due to depression. This is the third suicide by a student of the prestigious institution this year.

A third year computer science and engineering student, Pichikala Siddarth, who hails from the city, jumped off from the third floor of the hostel building at around 3.25 am. The security staff and some students who noticed it rushed him to a private hospital. Later he was shifted to a corporate hospital where he died without responding to treatment, Sangareddy district Deputy Superintendent of Police P Sridhar Reddy said.

According to police, before committing the extreme act, Siddartha sent mails to some of his friends saying he did not find life interesting and his death will not make big difference to the world. He purportedly wrote in the mail to his friends, “Life rather seems depressing I have no clue how my future is going to be. I have been feeling this for the past two months. Also the courses are going bad for me. I could not concentrate well…” 

The institute, located in Sangareddy district about 50 km from here, condoled the death of Siddarth. “IIT Hyderabad Faculty, staff and students extend their deepest condolences to the family, friends and other near and dear ones of the deceased student. This is indeed an irreparable loss to the institute and the family. May his soul rest in peace,” it said in a release.

Siddarth is the third student of IIT-Hyderabad to take his life this year. Earlier in July, Mark Andrew Charles, a native of Varanasi District in Uttar Pradesh and a final year Masters student, committed suicide by hanging.

On January 31, M. Anirudh, a third year Mechanical and Aerospace engineering student, ended his life by jumping off the hostel building.

Source: PTI

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