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IIT Kharagpur student late Faizan Ahmed (File image)

Guwahati: The Calcutta High Court has asked the Director of IIT Kharagpur to submit a report before the court in a case of the unnatural death of a 23-year-old Assam student.

Hearing a petition over the unnatural death of the IIT Kharagpur student, the High Court called it a clear case of ‘ragging’ and sought the name of students involved in the ‘ragging’, LiveLaw reported.

The court has also asked the IIT Kharagpur director to submit a report on steps taken by the institute’s management and wardens on receiving information about ragging in its hostel.

“This court is interested to know as to what steps have been taken by the said wardens and the management of the IIT, Kharagpur after receipt of information of what appears to this court to be a clear case of ‘ragging’,” Justice Rajasekhar Mantha said.

The partly decomposed body of Faizan Ahmed, who hailed from Assam’s Tinsukia district, was found in his hostel room at the institute on October 14.

Faizan Ahmed, a mechanical engineering student, died by suicide, the police had claimed.

Faizan’s family alleged that he was pushed over the edge by ragging and that his complaints went unheard by IIT-Kharagpur’s management. “It was a clear case of murder,” they said.

Calcutta High Court also pulled the police besides the IIT Kharagpur authorities.

“There is substantial evidence before this court and the police seem to have been taken for a ride,” the court said.

“Mr Additional SP if there is suppression from IIT, please take action. We expect stern action, or we will have to take action against the management,” the court observed orally, in strong remarks against the country’s first IIT.

Faizan Ahmed’s family has pointed at a deleted Facebook post to establish ragging.

There were “fistfights between seniors and juniors”, said the family. “He (Faizan Ahmed) was isolated. He complained. Those who initially supported him later withdrew support,” ND TV quoted the Faizan’s family’s counsel Ranajit Chatterjee.

Taking note of the evidence, the Calcutta High Court asked during the hearing if there has been suppression of information by IIT Kharagpur. “We expect something very concrete at the next hearing,” the court observed. 

“We are dealing with a malaise, a disease that can break students. They say some turn out to be men, but some are broken. Whether this will amount to abetment to suicide will have to see,” the court commented.

The Calcutta High Court posted the matter for further hearing on November 22. 

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