IIT-M suicide probe leaves to Crime Branch
Tamil Nadu

IIT-M suicide probe leaves to Crime Branch

Agency News

Chennai, Nov 14 : The investigation into the suicide by a first year IIT-Madras girl student at her hostel in the campus was transferred to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) wing of the city police, even as leaders of various political parties demanded a transparent probe into it.

Talking to reporters after inspecting the hostel where the girl student, Fathima Latif, ended her life two days back, Chennai City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan said police interrogated some people in the campus in connection with the incident. He said ''to unravel the truth behind the suicide, the probe has been transferred to the CCB'', he added.

Several student organisations staged a protest demonstration outside the IIT-Madras in the city condemning the increasing rate of suicides in the campus and demanded a thorough probe. About 50 SFI members were arrested by the police when they squatted on the arterial road and attempted to stage a dharna.

Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties, including DMK President M K Stalin, PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss and CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan expressed concern over the increase in suicides in the IIT-M campus. In a statement here, Mr Stalin demanded a transparent and fair probe into the suicide of Fathima Latif.

Stating that a time frame should be fixed to complete the probe, he said the remarks of her parents that their daughter was subjected to religious discrimination by a faculty member, has shattered the belief of Tamil soil. ''Though the IIT-M is situated in the State capital, its functioning remaining a mysterious island'', he said. Dr Ramadoss, in a statement here, said the role of the two Professors, named by the student, in the suicide should be probed. Stating that 14 students have committed suicide at IIT-M in the last 10 years, he said the police should find out the reasons behind this and take steps to prevent such incidents.

CPI(M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan, Manitheneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader M H Jawahiruallah and other leaders also demanded a thorough probe into the incident. (UNI)