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Thursday 31 January 2013

Student commits suicide in Etah, alleges caste slur by cop in note

Student commits suicide in Etah, alleges caste slur by cop in note

Excesses of police and management of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya forced an intermediate student, who was a Dalit, to commit suicide in Etah on Monday night.
The parents of the victim, who held police and the management responsible for the death, also alleged that the accused used caste related remarks on students which led to the incident. While the district administration ordered a high-level probe, Navodaya Vidyalaya was said to be closed after students went on rampage and ransacked the offices of principal and other staff. A case was also registered by the police. 
Reports said that the dispute started when Veena Jain, warden of the Girls Hostel of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya  in Etah, warned one student of Class XII, Asheesh, after he developed an affair with a girl studying in his Class, on last Thursday. Agitated with this, Asheesh and some other students reportedly threw stones on Veena Jain’s house after which the local police came into picture. They rushed and dispersed the students.
On Monday morning, Asheesh’s roommate Shubham, who was involved in the stone-pelting, disappeared from the hostel after leaving behind a suicide note. When the college authorities learnt of it, they informed the police in panic but after a few hours, Shubham was traced at his aunt’s house later in the evening. 
Reports said that after Shubham was traced, Subodh Yadav, incharge of the local Rijore police station, reached the college and thrashed some students including Asheesh and one of his friends Raj Kumar and also hurled abuses on them for indulging in criminal activities rather than concentrating on studies. However, soon after the police left, Raj Kumar left another suicide note and absconded. The cops first took it as one more drama by the students but after a few hours, they were shocked when body of Raj Kumar was traced  hanging from a tree.
In his suicide note, Raj Kumar accused both cops and college management (SI Subodh Yadav, principal RP Sharma and warden Veena Jain) for harassing him following which he decided to end his life. The recovery of body spread like a wildfire and within no time hundred of students gathered and attacked the college office besides blocking the traffic.

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