The family of 23-year-old Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) student Kharagpur, who was salvaged from his motel room on October 14, have now moved to Calcutta High Court on allegations that he I was killed. They are requesting an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or a special investigative team.
Faizan Ahmed, a third year mechanical engineering student, died under mysterious circumstances. It was initially suspected to be a suicide.
The lawsuit was filed in Calcutta High Court by Faizan Ahmed’s parents, Salim Ahmed and Rahana Ahmed. Saying that the boy was their only child, the couple asked the High Court to order an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CID), or any other investigative agency. any other major or the Special Investigation Team after asking a number of questions surrounding the circumstances leading up to his death.
The parents also said there was an attempt to convince them that Faizan Ahmed was ‘mentally disturbed’ and had died by suicide. They allege they were told their son had refused to participate in the ‘assimilation program’ – which they described as “a glorious term for rags” – after which he was ignored and isolated.
Despite numerous emails and phone calls, IIT Kharagpur did not respond to NDTV’s inquiries about the incident.
The next hearing in this plea will take place on Thursday at the court of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha. Student from Tinsukia in Assam, moved into the dormitory recently.
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also wrote to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee asking for a detailed investigation into the death. Mr. Sarma said the untimely death of Faizan Ahmed had caused a deep sense of grief in Assam, and demanded a full investigation into the incident.
Multiple suicide deaths have rocked the campus of India’s top science and technology institute in recent months. Last month, two IIT students were found dead at two separate facilities.
On September 15, a university student was found dead at IIT Madras in Chennai in a suspected case of suicide.
On September 17, another student at IIT Guwahati was found dead in his dorm room in another suspected suicide.
In September, two suicides were reported in two days at IIT’s facilities in Hyderabad and Kanpur.
In July of this year, a 22-year-old engineer was found dead inside the hockey stadium at IIT Madras. Preliminary investigation showed he died by suicide. Police said he was working as a project engineer at IIT Madras and had left a letter saying he could not cope with the job.