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Assam: NIT Silchar issues statement on suicide case, says it is ‘shocked & shattered’

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Guwahati, Sept 20: After six days of Koj Buker suicide case, the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Silchar has issued a statement saying the institute is greatly ‘shocked’ and ‘shattered’ following the suicide case of their 3rd year student Koj Buker.

The students of the institute were not happy with the behaviour of the premier institute and demanded resignation of Academic Dean BK Roy.

“The institute deeply mourns and is disheartened on the untimely and unnatural demise of the student. Institute extended its full support to his parents and family in his last rituals. We pray to almighty to give them courage and strength to bear such an irreparable loss,” a statement issued by NIT Silchar said.

The institution also clarified that fake rumours have been doing the rounds following the tragic incident. It stated that after getting the information about the occurrence of the incident of suicide, some of the Deans, Associate Deans, Head of the Departments, some Senior Professors and Officers along with Associate Wardens of the administration immediately rushed to Hostel-7 at around 5 pm on September 15, 2023.

“Further, when the unruly mob (large group of students) reached the Professor’s Quarters and started vandalizing their vehicles and property of the Institute and faculty members, some senior professors and faculty members tried to calm the situation but the mob turned violent and broke the door of Prof. B.K. Roy’s (Dean Academic) residential quarter and destroyed the personal belongings,” it stated.

The statement added, “The situation turned uncontrollable and later, the police arrived and tried to control the situation. Even the District Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of the District had to rush to the professor’s quarter to control the mob but failed. The Director, Prof. D.K. Baidya hurried to the spot and also tried to console the students. In the mean-time, there were some outbreaks of students which caused police to disperse the mob as per their protocols. Considering the grave situation, Prof. B.K. Roy & his family were rescued & were later shifted to a safer place outside the campus.”

Therefore, reports published stating the absence of institute administration even after 4 hours of the reporting of the suicide incidence is false and institute condemns such type of framed reports, it said.

It assured that the institute is extremely sensitive to any incidents related to student’s welfare and always proactive in addressing the issues of the students to the best of its capacity.

On Tuesday, the students’ fraternity of NIT Silchar sent an open letter to President Droupodi Murmu, seeking urgent action to resolve the escalating crisis at NIT Silchar. The students had on Monday staged a peaceful ‘Satyagraha’ seeking justice for Koj Buker, who was found hanging in his hostel room on September 14, 2023.

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