JNU M.Phil student ends life; family alleges foul play

A 28-year-old M. Phil student of Jawaharlal Nehru University committed suicide at a friend’s house in south Delhi’s Munirka area on Monday.

The family of Muthukrishnan, however, alleged foul play behind his death and has demanded that an FIR be registered in the case. His father Jeevanandam, who arrived here on Tuesday from Salem, filed a police complaint asking that an FIR be registered under relevant provisions. He did not say if the family suspected someone murdered Muthukrishnan or abetted his suicide.

Jhelum Hostel resident

Muthukrishnan was a first year M.Phil student at the Centre for Historical Studies of JNU’s School of Social Sciences, and stayed at the Jhelum Hostel on the campus.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh said that Muthukrishnan and two other JNU students had been invited by their friend Gomen Kim, a South Korean IT professional, for lunch at the latter’s rented accommodation in Munirka Vihar. Kim stays with his wife and two children, who were also present there.

“The other students — Lakshyajeet and Issac — were in another room with Kim. The victim had retired to a room, saying that he had slept at 3 a.m. the day before and wanted to rest,” the police said.

“The other three agreed and had lunch. deciding they would serve Muthukrishnan his meal once he woke up,” said Mr. Singh.

Found hanging

However, when he did not get up by 4.30 p.m., the three started knocking on the door and when Muthukrishnan did not respond, Issac peeped in from a small opening between the window panes and saw him hanging from the ceiling.

The police, who were then alerted, arrived broke open the door.

Three days before his death, Muthukrishnan put up Facebook posts condemning the Hyderabad varsity’s alleged role in Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide last year, and criticised JNU’s new admission policy. A Dalit himself, Muthukrishnan had also recounted several instances where he had faced discrimination through his other Facebook posts.

The police, however, said it was too early to link the posts to his suicide.

His father told The Hindu that his son could not have committed suicide.

The police have constituted a five-member medical board to conduct the post-mortem, which is likely to happen on Wednesday.

V-C condoles death

JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar took to Twitter to express his condolence. “JNU community is grief stricken at untimely & sad demise of Shri Muthukrishnan J. We pray that God be with his family at this critical time,” he tweeted.

The JNU Teachers’ Association held a condolence meeting on the campus on Tuesday evening.

— source thehindu.com


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