Malayali student found dead inside JNU campus

The deceased was identified as Rishi Joshua Thomas (24), a second-year Master of Arts student of JNU.

New Delhi: A Malayali student allegedly hanged himself at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here on Friday.

The deceased was identified as Rishi Joshua Thomas (24), a second-year Master of Arts student of JNU. He allegedly hanged himself from a ceiling fan inside the campus, a police officer said.

The incident was reported to police at 12 pm, after the deceased sent his suicide note to the professor of the English department.

"The professor immediately informed the in-charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel to check on him. Thomas stayed in Mahi Mandvi hostel in JNU campus," DCP Devender Arya said.

Thomas was later found hanging in a room located in the basement of the library, he said. A student of M.A. second year of English language, Thomas was first seen by a boy who peeped in from a window and found him hanging from the fan.

"The door was forced open and the body was taken down by cutting the cable. A JNU doctor checked and declared him dead. The body has been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. Relatives were informed and Thomas' cousin Mathew Vargese also reached JNU," the officer added.

"The deceased was undergoing some treatment. As per preliminary enquiry no foul play is suspected. Further investigation is underway," he added.

It is said that Rishi was suffering from depression for a long time. He had not attended the final semester examination that was held on Tuesday. Rishi’s family had been staying in Vellur in Tamil Nadu for the past several years.

(With inputs from agencies)

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