2 Suicides within a span of an Hour in IIT Madras Campus

The IIT-Madras campus was shaken on Wednesday evening by the news of 2 suicides that happened within a span of an hour, in unrelated incidents. The first one was an assistant professor’s wife. the second a post-doctoral research scholar.

According to Police physics assistant professor Ganeshan’s wife Vijayalakshmi, 47,a native of Trichy was found hanging inside her quarters around 3pm. The couple had two children. After making inquiries, police said the assistant professor’s wife was worried about the health condition of her elder son. “We are told that she had
attempted suicide earlier,” a polcieman said. The incident came to light when her husband came home in the evening.

An hour later, P Maheshwari, 34, a post-doctoral research scholar was found dead hanging in Sabarmathi hostel. Maheswari’s friends, after searching for her for a while, peeped into the hostel room and found her hanging from the ceiling. IIT officials informed the Kotturpuram police who reached the hostel and lowered the body. Police said there was no suicide note, and the reason was not known immediately. Police, after conducting inquiries with her friends, found she was upset that her husband Pandiarajan was not visiting her in the hostel.

Both the bodies have been sent for postmortem at Government Royapettah Hospital. Kotturpuram police have registered cases under CrPc 174 (unnatural death) and are investigating.

Meanwhile in a press statement the IIT Madras said that the institute is deeply saddened by the death of a post-doctoral research scholar in the campus. The scholar’s family has been informed.The institute is taking necessary action and is extending full cooperation to the civil authorities.”The institute extends its deep felt condolences to the family and the near and dear ones of the scholar for the unfortunate, untimely and devastating loss,” the statement said.

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