Lecturer booked for abetment to suicide of 22-yr-old

Dec 01 2013, 04:15 IST
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SummaryA day after a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student was found dead in her Sector 32 resident, after allegedly committing suicide, the Chandigarh Police have found a suicide note inside a book belonging to the deceased.

A day after a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student was found dead in her Sector 32 resident, after allegedly committing suicide, the Chandigarh Police have found a suicide note inside a book belonging to the deceased. The deceased has been identified as Ankurita Tripathi, 22. The note blames one Savita Prashar, a lecturer at Ankurita’s college, for compelling the BDS student to commit suicide.

On finding the suicide note, the Chandigarh Police on Saturday booked Savita for abetment to suicide under relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code. The Chandigarh Police has not arrested Savita yet and is at present investigating the case to find out the circumstances under which Ankurita allegedly committed suicide. Ankurita, a second year student, was pursuing a BDS degree from Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University.

Talking to Newsline, Savita denied having any knowledge as to why her name was mentioned in the suicide note. “I have no idea why Ankurita blamed me for her death. In fact, I have not interacted with her for the past one year as I teach only first year students,” she said. When asked about the interaction with Ankurita during her first year, Savita replied, “It was fine.”

On Friday morning, Ankurita visited her college to check the result, in which she had failed in one of the papers. Thereafter, she returned home around 1 pm, police said. The incident came to light when an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) head constable visited her residence to drop a letter. Her parents were in Lucknow during the time of the incident. Her parents are doctors at ITBP department here.

When no one answered the door, the head constable knocked at her neighbours’ doors. They broke open the door only to find Ankurita hanging from the curtain rod above a window in her room. She was rushed to GMCH- 32 where she was declared dead on arrival.

“I don’t know why she blamed the lecturer. She was not depressed in the last few days,” said AC Tripathi, senior medical officer, ITBP and father of the deceased.

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