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JNU student Muthukrishnan's death: Autopsy report confirms suicide, rules out foul play

A five-member panel of doctors from Aiims on Wednesday conducted the post-mortem on the 28-year-old Jawaharlal Nehru University student Muthukrishanan Jeevanantham and ruled out any foul play in his death. The student had allegedly committed suicide in South Delhi's Munirka area on Monday evening.

The panel was headed by Sudhir Gupta, head of the forensics department at Aiims who confirmed to Firstpost that there was no foul play. The team was formed after Muthukrishnan's father and CPM leader D Raja requested for an experts panel to conduct the autopsy.

According to ANI, DCP (south) Ishwar Singh said that since no suicide note was found, the reason of death was unknown.

While the police said he was depressed over personal issues, his friends shared his Facebook post in which he had alleged discrimination in MPhil and PhD admissions. The deceased student, a resident of JNU's Jhelum hostel, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a friend's residence.

According to the preliminary findings of the panel which was accessed by Firstpost, there were no injuries found on the student's body. After an internal examination, the panel said that the contents of the stomach "were not abnormal."

"Prima facie it's a case of suicide by hanging. However, it's a matter of investigation about the circumstances in which the deceased has committed suicide and abetted to suicide," the report further added.

The body of Muthukrishnan was found hanging in a room in Munirka Vihar. Police reached the spot and found the room locked from inside, which they forced open to find the deceased hanging from the ceiling.

The family members had suspected a foul play and on Tuesday demanded a probe into his death. Speaking to reporters, Muthukrishnan's mother Alamelu said her son had planned a visit to home this month. She said it is difficult to believe that Muthukrishnan committed suicide.

The Opposition too demanded a CBI inquiry into the death of the JNU student.

Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, in a statement said: "Last year, an Aiims student who hailed from Tirupur died. I demanded a CBI probe then but the Delhi Police said it was a case of suicide and didn't want a probe over his death. Till date, we don't know the cause of the Aiims student's death. Now, another student from Tamil Nadu has also died and the police again say it is a case of suicide. TN CM must immediately speak to the Prime Minister and pressurise him to order a probe."

Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017 18:39 PM

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