22092022-JTR-01.qxd 9/22/2022 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SC STUDENTS PROTEST AT DC OFFICE OVER SCHOLARSHIPS SC students held a protest at the DC’s office on Wednesday over the non-disbursal of scholarship funds. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF JCT EMPLOYEE HELD FOR FRAUD PAGE 3 FAMOUS STAND-UP COMEDIAN RAJU SRIVASTAVA IS NO MORE SEERAT KAPOOR COMPLETES EIGHT YEARS IN INDUSTRY Spreading laughter wherever he went, the news of Raju Srivastava’s death has brought many to tears. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C Seerat Kapoor, who will appear on big screen with Maarrich, has completed eight years in entertainment industry. SUNSET THURSDAY 6:24 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:16 AM THURSDAY | 22 SEPTEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR LPU student ends life by suicide, protest breaks out on campus Blames Calicut NIT Director for emotional trauma in note | FIR lodged Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by JCT Mills General Manager Ashwini Thapar, the city police have registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 506 of the IPC against the assistant manager of the mill, Vijay Kumar, on the charge of duping as many as 16 JCT employees of an amount of Rs 8,14,520 on the pretext of depositing the amount monthly in their RD accounts at the Sub-Post Office situated inside JCT Mills campus. Phagwara SP Mukhtiar Rai said the police are investigating the matter in detail. No arrest has been made yet. OC MAN HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Phagwara: The Rawalpindi (Phagwara) Police arrested a villager and recovered 20 litres of lahan and five litres of illicit liquor last night. Surjit Singh Pattarm, SHO, Rawalpindi, said the accused was identified as Balwinder Singh, a Ranipur resident. A case has been registered against the arrested accused under the Excise Act. OC Kapurthala Road Civil Society members protest against the MC over poor condition of roads. Society puts up posters against MC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 21 ‘Smart city da drama band kro, sadka da prabhand kro’ (End this ‘Smart City’ drama, and fix the roads). This is what the poster displayed along a stretch of the Kapurthala Road reads. The Kapurthala Road Civil Society had announced two days back that they would be installing the poster. The poster also demands, ‘Gairkanuni Kabze hatao, Bhrishtachar nu thal paao’ (Remove the illegal encroachments. End the corruption). A picture of MC Commissioner Devinder Singh is also put on display. The society members stated that the road has been in a deplorable condition. They said they had met with the MC officials earlier too. “The officials had promised us that the problem would be resolved within 15 days. But one month on, everything remains unchanged,” the members alleged. They explained that this inaction was the reason why they put up the poster. Aparna Banerji HOW EVENTS UNFOLDED Tribune News Service Phagwara, September 21 Just days after an MMS scandal rocked Chandigarh University, a massive protest broke out on the Lovely Professional University (LPU) campus, Phagwara, Tuesday night, following the death of a first-year student by suicide. Ajin S Dilip (21), a AJIN S DILIP first-year Bachelor of Design student, reportedly took his own life in his room on the second floor of the Boys Hostel 4 (BH4) inside the LPU campus. The protest erupted on the campus hours after the incident with students raising the slogan, “We Want Justice”. 4.15 PM (SEPT 20) Agin S Dilip, 23, a first-year student of Bachelor of Design found dead in his hostel room at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara 5.30 PM The body taken to Civil Hospital by university authorities. The Phagwara police also informed 5.45 PM Cops reach LPU, record evidence, recover all devices and seal the hostel room. A suicide note is also recovered. A DDR entry made in the Satnampura police station 10 PM Students assemble on the campus, alleging cops and the university management did not inform them about the suicide 10.30 PM-3 AM (SEPT21) Protesting students’ strength swells to over 5,000. More cops called in, even mild force used to control the situation 7.30 AM All senior police, administrative officers reach the campus. Heavy police force continue to remain deployed at the university 8 AM-1 PM Examination held as per schedule 1.30 PM Father of the deceased & uncle reach the campus. They are shown the suicide note, which mentions Prof Prasad Krishna, Director, NIT, Calicut, from where the boy had been rusticated 5.30 PM ADGP Arpit Shukla says an FIR registered against Professor Krishna. An SIT also constituted to probe the matter Prof Prasad ❝I blameemotionally Krishna for manipulating me into quitting NITC. I regret my decision so much. I’m being a burden to everyone. I’m sorry but this is it (sic). ❞ Suicide note A suicide note left behind, accused Professor Prasad Krishna, the Director of the National Institute of technology, Calicut, of “emotionally manpulating” him. The Punjab police registered an FIR against Krishna for abetment to suicide on Wednesday evening. An FIR has been lodged against him under Section 306 of the IPC by the Phagwara police. The suicide note which has been recovered, read, “I blame Prof Prasad Krishna for emotionally manipulating me into quitting NITC. I regret my decision so much. I’m being a burden to everyone. Im sorry but this is it (sic).” The police also shared that Dilip’s parents have confirmed that the suicide note was, in fact, written by their son. While the death of the student reportedly took place at 4.30 pm, it was only around 9 pm that students learnt about the incident. They took to the streets. In a video that has Students protest on the LPU campus in Phagwara. TRIBUNE PHOTO emerged, irate students can be seen smashing the glass of a huge door. The police reportedly also resorted to lathi-charge. The press was not allowed entry into the campus today. The 21-year-old youth had only spent some 10 to 12 days on the LPU campus. His death has left both his peers and parents in a state of shock. Aman Mittal, Vice-President, LPU, released a statement. “We are saddened to share the news of the unfortunate incident. The police is investigating the matter and from the suicide note recovered student has taken this extreme step because of the personal problems he faced in his previous institution at NIT Calicut (Kerala), where he studied for two years. Yesterday because of the lack of information there was a misunderstanding among the other fellow students that led to unrest on the university campus late evening. Police and University authorities have clarified the whole situa- tion to the students. Now there is calm in the university, all students are now peacefully attending the classes as well as taking examinations. The University mourns the loss of the student and expresses its condolences to the bereaved family,” read the statement. Arpit Sukla, ADGP Law and Order, said, “A case has been registered against the Director of NIT Calicut, whom the student had named in his suicide note. He had studied at NIT Calicut for four years, but was later rusticated. He then took admission at LPU. The body of the student was found lying on floor and the security had to break open the door. The college authorities took him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Three hand-written notes were recovered.” When asked if the student had died by cutting his vein, the ADGP said it could only be ascertained after the postmortem examination. PAGE 4 Father shocked, says was normal on call Tribune News Service Phagwara, September 21 Students at LPU and the parents of 21-year-old Ajin S Dilip are in a state of shock after their son died by suicide yesterday. Even as the police have lodged an FIR against the professor named in the suicide note, his parents expressed shock as they had failed to sense the gravity of the issue in recent conversations with their son. His father Dilip Kumar, speaking to the media at the Phagwara Civil Hospital, said, “I talked to my son at 1.30 pm yesterday. He sounded normal. But I was informed later at 6 pm that he had died. I never knew things were so serious. He had told me that he had not been allowed to appear for exams in 3-4 subjects at NIT, Calicut. We have already made a complaint about the same.” Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, a student at the BH-4 hostel, said, “We came to know about the incident pretty late at night. It was when an ambulance came to pick up the boy that the news spread.” The ADGP when ques, tioned, said the postmortem of the student would reveal the cause of the death. Auhtorities of LPU also released a formal condolence message expressing grief over the stu- talked to my son ❝I pm yesterday. Heat 1.30 sounded normal. But I was informed later at 6 pm that he had died. I never knew things were so serious ❞ Dilip Kumar, AJIN’S FATHER PREVIOUS SUICIDES ■ Pardeep Kumar, a BTech student of Lovely Professional University (LPU), reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his hostel room on the LPU campus in April 2017 ■ The death of 22-year-old Vivek Kumar, a second-year electrical engineering student at IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, had also sparked protests at the PTU hostel in June this year dent’s death. According to the ADGP the authorities , immediately took the student to the hospital after his death came to their notice. Kerala friends, neighbours in disbelief Avneet Kaur WAS INTELLIGENT, WELL-MANNERED Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 21 After the news of Agin S Dilip Kumar dying by suicide broke out, it was not only the campus students who were shocked and angry, rather everyone who knew Agin personally felt the same. When the Jalandhar Tribune posted the news about a huge protest being held on the LPU campus late Tuesday night, his neighbour Jithin R Paniker from Pattambi city in Kerala reached out to Tribune reporters to seek more details about the incident and to confirm if the news was about Agin- his neighbour only. The moment it was confirmed the news was about Agin S Dilip Kumar, the son of Dilip Kumar from Kerala, he expressed shock, saying he was a positive and jolly fellow, ❝WhileinAgin was he studying NIT, Calicut, lived in Pattambi only. He was such an intelligent and well-mannered boy. Everyone in the locality is still shocked ❞ Jithin R Paniker from Pattambi city STUDENTS FLOOD SOCIAL MEDIA WITH VIDEOS, POSTS As soon as the news of a protest in LPU broke out, netizens got active on social media sites late night and flooded several platforms, including Twitter, with videos and posts related to Agin’s suicide. Videos of students raising slogans ‘We want justice’ and questioning the university’s silence on the issue went viral on social media and it’s hard for him to believe he took this extreme step. In a telephonic conversation with this correspondent, Paniker told that Agin and his family were living in Pattambi till four months ago. “They were my neighbours, I know Agin and his family very well. His father was working abroad, and returned to Kerala recently,” he said. “While Agin was studying in the NIT he was living in Pattambi only. He was such an intelligent and well-mannered boy. Everyone in the locality is still shocked,” he said. Psychologists say today’s youngsters Phagwara SP to probe matter sensitive, need emotional support Deepkamal Kaur/ Ashok Kaura Tribune News Service Aakanksha N Bhardwaj UNFULFILLED DREAMS, DEPRESSION… Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 21 An unfortunate incident of suicide by a student of Lovely Professional University (LPU) has brought to fore various concerns regarding youngsters ending their lives by taking such extreme steps. This is not the only case. Deaths by suicide are on the rise lately. From getting scolded by their parents to failing to achieve their dreams, students at an impressionable age end their lives for any strange reason. Dr Nirdosh Goel, a retired associate professor (psychiatry) and former in charge of the DeAddiction Centre, Civil Hospital, says he has dealt with several such cases in his career where students have suicidal thoughts because of depression. He points out some char- REASONS GALORE ■ Being unable to fulfill her dreams to settle abroad, a 19-year-old girl hanged herself to death in recent past ■ Under stress, a student of physiotherapy died by suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room ■ Depressed due to continuous harassment by her teacher, a teenaged girl, studying in Class X, also ended her life ■ In Ludhiana, a 13-year-old boy ended his life when his mother refused to give her new sim for his mobilephone acteristics of this age group. “Persons of this age group are very sensitive and take decisions emotionally. Most of them remain away from their parents, have stress of studies and don’t adapt to the environment well,” he said. “Generally, those who end life by suicide give hint two-three months before to their parents through conversations,” he says. Dr Goel stresses: “If one has suicidal thoughts. It is important to start the treatment. Just telling them that it is nothing and everything will be alright won’t help the person.” Having above 40 years of experience in psychology, DAV c m y b University Vice Chancellor Dr Jasbir Rishi says there is an increase in suicide rates in general too. Intolerance has increased and handling adversities in life seems difficult for many people. “I would say parents must train their wards mentally to fight problems in their life,” she says. Kapurthala, September 21 Additional Director General of Police Arpit Shukla today announced the lodging of an FIR into the suicide case of Kerala-based LPU student Ajin S Dilip and the constitution of a team to probe the incident. Shukla said a team had been formed under Phagwara SP Mukhtiar Rai and that it would work under the supervision of DIG Dr S Bhoopati. The SP said he would look into all angles of the case and accordingly handle it. Once the cops gather all reports locally, including that of autopsy, they are also likely to visit Kerala to do the remaining probe from there. “The father of the deceased was in such a traumatic condition that he could not reply to many queries. He has expressed ADGP Arpit Shukla (R) and Kapurthala SSP Navneet Bains address mediapersons in Phagwara. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH ‘TIED SLING OF BAG TO DOOR KNOB’ As per the reports, the deceased died by suicide using the sling of his bag and fastening its one end tightly to the knob of the door of his hostel room and the other to his neck. He then dragged the sling so as to strangulate himself. Those who checked the spot said he reportedly jerked himself to death. Shukla said: “This probably was the way he used to end his life but more details could come from his autopsy report.” Dr Bhoopati, an MBBS by qualification, said, “The way by which Ajin committed suicide is called partial hanging in scientific terms.” his desire to take the body back to his place for performing the last rites. We will giving them sufficient time and contact them again telephonically. If need be, our team will also visit Kerala,” senior cops said.
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