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IIT Madras students cry for probe into PhD scholar’s death, claim his guide ill-treated him

By Pramod Madhav: IIT Madras students staged a protest seeking a probe into PhD scholar Sachin Kumar Jain’s death. Sachin was found hanging in the dining hall of his house in Velachery on March 31 after he put up a cryptic status on WhatsApp, saying, “I am sorry, not good enough.”

Sachin’s brother, Bhavesh Jain, sought a detailed inquiry and wrote to the director of IIT Madras, claiming that Sachin was disturbed with the way his guide was treating him.

The agitating students demanded justice for Sachin and suspension of his guide Professor Ashish.

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The protesting students had also sought an unbiased inquiry to ascertain the reason for Sachin’s death and protection to anyone willing to appear before the inquiry committee.

Following the unrest, Professor Ashish has been restrained from visiting the laboratory.

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On March 31, Sachin, who was a native of West Bengal, had gone to his regular classes at the mechanical engineering department of IIT Madras’s Guindy campus in the morning and returned to his rented accommodation without informing anyone, police said.

When his friends realised he was missing after an hour, his friends tried to reach him and went to his residence where he was found hanging in the dining hall, police said.

Though an ambulance was called to his residence, the emergency team declared him dead, police said.



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