Body of 27-year-old Jawaharlal Nehru University Dalit student Muthukrishnan was flown from Delhi to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Two days after his suicide, Krishnan's autopsy was conducted under conditions put by his family and friends.
According to sources, the autopsy concluded that prima facie the death occurred due to hanging, no external injuries were found on the body. The Delhi Police is yet to establish the circumstances under which the suicide was committed or was abetted.
The autopsy was conducted under the observation of a 5-member panel including SC/ST and OBC doctors. The Delhi Police also registered an FIR of abetment to suicide, under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act two days after the incident. Krishnan's family and friends had refused to led the autopsy proceed until an FIR was lodged.
Political leaders from various parties also came to give their condolences to Krishnan's family. CPI's D Raja, S Muthukaruppan of the AIADMK, MoS Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan visited the family in the last two days. However, it was BJP leader Nirmala Seetharaman's presence that caused a huge stir. JNU students were seen repeatedly asking the leader to leave alleging the government had not done enough for Dalit students.
Krishnan's friend Raja said, "This is what Dalit students are subjected to. Eventually, it is left for us Dalits to befriend each other. Krishna had told me he felt isolated and alone, he was pushed into doing this."
His local guardian, a DU Professor, N Sukumar said, "I knew him since his HCU days. He was a bright boy and JNU was his dream college. He was brave, but the situation in universities across India for Dalit students is dismal."
Krishnan's death comes 14 months after Rohith Vemula's suicide in Hyderabad. He was a part of the Dalit movement following Vemula's death and was also an active part of protests staged in JNU against the administration.