IISER forms committee to look into student’s death

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IISER forms committee to look into student’s death

Kalyani (WB), May 3 (PTI) The Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research here has formed a committee to look into the death of a second year student who was found hanging at a washroom of the hostel on Monday.

“We have formed a committee to look into the case,” director of the IISER R N Mukherjee said.

The meeting of the committee was held today and a report on the incident would be sent to the Union Human Resource Ministry, sources in the premier institution said.

The family members of the student, Sagar Mondal, alleged that he had been murdered. Sushanta Mondal, the student’s father and a day labourer said, “He was murdered and I demand a proper investigation.”

His elder sister Rekha also held the same view as his father and said, “Sagar was murdered by three students who pressured him to take drug and drinks which his brother had refused”.

“When my brother came home last Saturday he said that they had threatened to kill him,” she has alleged.

Uttam Ghosh, SDPO, Kalyani, said, “We have initiated a murder case as it is stated in the FIR that the roommates had murdered him.”

The police sealed the hostel room and collected Mondal’s laptop for investigation.

Some of his friends at the institute said that he was weak in English and hence feared that it might affect his grades.

IISER Dean, Student Affairs, Arindam Kundagrami said, “He got 75 per cent marks in semesters. Only when a student gets below 60 per cent marks twice, he is warned”.

He said that the IISER had a system of counselling students in required cases and five students were given counselling”.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.