“Shocked & clueless”: Families of Kota suicide victims

A student staying as a paying guest in a three-storey house in Talwandi locality of Kota was shocked to discover another teen hanging inside his room when police vehicles arrived nearby on Monday morning.

Their shock soon turned into horror when another body was discovered just as the police were preparing to transport the 16-year-old student’s body to the morgue.

As a paying guest in the building, a student reported: “When we knocked at his door, he did not answer. We contacted the landlord and later discovered that he was hanging from his ceiling fan. As we sat in the ambulance to take his body to a hospital, the sister of another student, Ujjwal Kumar, approached us, and we discovered that even his room was locked.

On the second floor of the building, the 16-year-old student from Supaul, Bihar, and the 18-year-old from Gaya were found hanging from ceiling fans in their rooms. Despite the fact that the police have classified both deaths as suicides, no suicide notes have been recovered from the scene.

An additional 17-year-old student from Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, who was studying for NEET, was also found dead inside his room in Kunadi area of the city as the death of these two students rocked Talwandi locality. It appears that he was under stress due to his studies and committed suicide by consuming zinc phosphide, according to the police.

The Indian Express reported on Tuesday that Jawahar Nagar police station sub-inspector Prakash Chand told them: “We had received information about a student’s death around 12.30 pm on Monday. While we were preparing to take his body into custody, a sister of another student asked if we could locate her brother, who was not answering his phone. Upon further investigation, we discovered that he was also hanging from the ceiling fan in another room of the building.

An expression of disbelief could be seen on the brother-in-law of the 16-year-old student as he completed formalities at the mortuary for the post-mortem at the MBS Hospital in Kota. His mother spoke to him even yesterday. He would be contacted by the family on a daily basis. His residence in Kota began when he was in Class 8, and he is currently enrolled in Class 11. He was also studying as part of his preparation for the NEET examination. He stated, “I cannot think of anything that may have led him to take such a drastic measure.”.

The family of Ujjwal states that he relocated from Gaya to Kota seven months ago in order to prepare for the JEE examination.

The reason for his extreme actions is unknown to us. No pressure has been placed on Ujjwal to pursue a university education by his parents. Ram Krishan, Ujjwal’s cousin, who had arrived in Kota on Tuesday, recalled that they spoke with him every day.

Although both students lived in the same building, their families said the students were not close friends.

After a two-year gap due to pandemic when most coaching students left the city, the Kota police report multiple suicides this year. As of yet, we have not been able to determine the reasons for suicides. Keshar Singh Shekhawat, the city’s police superintendent, stated that an investigation was underway.


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