PhD student from JNU found dead, police say he suffered from depression

The deceased has been identified as Krish Rajini, a PhD scholar.

A student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was found dead on Sunday evening. He was found hanging by the ceiling fan at a house in Munirka Vihar

The deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Muthu Krishnan, a PhD scholar. Police said that he was suffering from depression.

Muthu Krishnan, a Dalit, was a active member of Justice for Rohith Vemula Movement. Police are investigating the incident.

Police has also said that the student was suffering depression.Earlier, the student had spoken about inequality in his Facebook post.

Following the incident, his friends have raised doubts over the death.

Shehla Rashid, a former vice-president of the JNU Students' Union, tweeted: "JNU VC recently moved court against protesting students and the HC banned protests at Admin Block, to which Rajini (Muthu Krishnan) refers in his last post."

Rashid also shared a letter written by Muthu Krishnan to JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.

In this letter to @mamidala90, Muthu Krishnan requested JNU VC to let "first generation marginals" to study & not create hurdles for them :(

- Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) March 13, 2017

Rashid said students informed Muthukrishnan's family members.

JNU admin didn't inform Muthu Krishnan's family & @registrarjnu refused to come to the hospital even after students asked him to come.

- Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) March 13, 2017

Students have now informed Muthu Krishnan's family members who are in Tamil Nadu.Updates via @Mohit_JNU who's at the mortuary

- Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) March 13, 2017


"Till now it hasn't been found that the extreme step was taken by the student owing to any issues at the university," said a senior police officer.

He is said to have been depressed for some time over some personal issues, he added.

A PCR call was received at 5.05 PM that a person had locked himself in a room at a house in Munirka Vihar, said another senior police officer.

On reaching the spot, police forced open the door and a young man was found hanging from the ceiling fan. The crime team was called to the spot and the scene was inspected and photographed.

"He had come to his friends' house this afternoon to have food. He said he wanted to sleep and went to a room and locked himself inside.

"Later his friends called him out and on getting no response, they called the police," he said.

With inputs from PTI

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