A first-year student of computer science and engineering of Jadavpur University committed suicide by jumping from the eighth floor of a nine-story building on the campus on Thursday evening while speaking to his father over a video call and saying that he would kill himself, police said

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Sujan Samanta (18), who hailed from Asansol and used to stay at a rented apartment in Garfa, was found lying on his chest on a concrete road between the Subarna Jayanti and PG Arts buildings, opposite Milan da’s canteen, around 7.10 pm.

Even as guards and students gathered around his body, trying to ascertain his identity after calling the cops, his father, Sujay, rushed in only to find his son already dead. Officers of Jadavpur police station and Sujan’s father rushed him to MR Bangur Hospital in Tollygunge where he was declared dead on arrival by an attending doctor

“His father said before taking the step, Samanta made a video call to him and stated his wish to end his life. Sujay said his son was suffering from depression and had attempted to commit suicide at least twice earlier,” said a senior officer of a south suburban division of Kolkata Police.

“I never heard of something like this from the university campus. It is shocking. My friends, who were chatting near the canteen, said they heard a thud but did not realize someone had fallen. When a group of students started screaming after spotting the youth lying on the ground, everyone was alerted. There was, however, little trace of blood on his body when the students called the guards, who in turn informed the cops and university officials,” said a post-graduate student of JU

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Sujan’s batchmates and a senior teacher said he was a good student who had excelled in academics and also secured high rank in West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination to find a seat in the coveted department. “During the orientation program, he had been a part of every event that was held during the week,” said an engineering faculty member.

A student, though, claimed that there is a possibility of Sujan being under “academic and peer pressure” which may have prompted him to take the drastic step. “I had interacted with him during the orientation program when he spoke about his depression and said that he was facing academic pressure at home,” said one of his classmates. He added that Samanta mostly kept to himself.

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Samanta’s classes had begun from August this year and he was scheduled to appear for his first-semester examination between January 3 and 15. A university official said his classes had got over by 5 pm. “He must have been hanging around in the university for the next two hours. The Subarna Jayanti building is undergoing renovation and repair. As a result, the terrace and doors to the upper floor remain open,” he said. JU registrar Snehamanju Basu said: “Security officers informed me about the incident around 7.30 pm and I immediately rushed to the hospital,” she said.

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