A Kashmiri student from north Kashmir's Kupwara district allegedly committed suicide at his hostel room in an engineering college in Rajasthan after he was told his admission stands cancelled.
The family members of the deceased youth, Touseef Peerzada, son of Ghulam Nabi Peerzada, of Devar Kupwara, however, said their son can never commit suicide and the incident should be probed at the highest level.
According to his family members, the incident happened on Saturday evening.
"He spoke to his cousin brother, who works in New Delhi at 3 pm on Saturday. Touseef told his cousin that his college authorities were telling him that his admission has been cancelled," said Touseef's brother, Hilal Ahmed.
Hilal said that they were shocked to hear that Touseef had committed suicide. "My brother was a pious soul, a practicing Muslim. He would never commit suicide," said Hilal amid sobs.
He said Touseef left his home three months ago. "After completing his 12th, he told us that he has got admission at Shikhawati Engineering College, Dundlod, Rajasthan under Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for B.Tech course," Hilal said.
He used to stay in the college hostel. "Two youth from Shopian district Ashiq Hussain and Irfan Malik, facilitated my brother's entry into the college," said Hilal.
A group of Kashmiri students studying in the Shikhawati College said that the body of Touseef was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room at 6:30 pm on Saturday. "He was preparing for the first semester exams starting from December 6, and all of a sudden he was told that his admission has been cancelled in the college. After this, he was feeling depressed," they told Greater Kashmir over phone.
They said that the college is affiliated with Rajasthan Technical University Kota. "It is one of the half a dozen educational institutions that are being run by Satwic Jeewan Shala Trust," the students said.
They said Touseef was a noble soul and a bright student. "We were not even allowed to mourn his tragic death," the students said.
They said after coming to know that his admission in the college has been cancelled, Touseef met the college incharge Dinesh Ranwa. "We came to know that Dinesh had asked Touseef to deposit Rs 45000 for managing his admission in any other college or else he must wait for a next year till some seat falls vacant in the college," said a group of Kashmiri students studying in the Shikwati College.
Some students of the College also said that they found a suicide note on the mobile of deceased Touseef which read: "Two youth, Irfan Malik, Ashiq and MD Dinesh Ranwa are responsible for my death. They forced me to commit suicide."
The family members of Touseef, however, said that their son would never leave a suicide note. "In the first place, he would never commit a suicide. We demand a thorough and a transparent probe in the entire incident. We can't rule out that my brother was killed," said Hilal, Touseef's brother.
He said his cousins have reached Haryana to take the possession of Touseef's body. "Some Kashmiri students and Rajashtan police brought Touseef's body to Haryana. My brother's body would reach his native place on Monday hopefully," Hilal said.
Greater Kashmir made repeated calls on the landline number of the college; however, no official was available for the comments due to Sunday. However, the call was picked up by gate keeper, who identified himself as the gate incharge of the college. "One Kashmiri student has committed suicide in his room. He tried to flee from the gate, I sought his gate pass, he was not having it," the gate keeper said.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director General of Police J&K, K Rajendra Kumar said that he has spoken to DGP Punjab over the issue and sought all the details. "We are in touch with the Punjab police. Preliminary investigations suggest, the youth has committed suicide, but we are looking into other aspects as well," he said. The DGP said that initial findings reveal that the room of deceased youth was locked from inside. "J&K Police will ensure that the body of the youth reaches his native place safely," he said.
State government is also making arrangements to bring back the body of a Kashmiri student who died in Rajasthan. Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan said: "Government is making arrangements to ensure body of Touseef is brought to his native village on Monday," Khan said.
He expressed grief over the demise of the student.