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Updated: January 31, 2013 00:49 IST

Student ends life for Telangana

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Students and family members with the body of engineering student Dinesh Chandra in Karmanghat on Wednesday. — Photo: Nagara Gopal
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Students and family members with the body of engineering student Dinesh Chandra in Karmanghat on Wednesday. — Photo: Nagara Gopal

In his suicide note, he appeals for statehood without bandhs

An engineering student ended his life by hanging in his rented house at Pavanpuri Colony in Karmanghat of Saroornagar, the police said on Wednesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Dinesh Chandra, in a note purportedly written by him, appealed to TRS supremo K. Chandrasekhar Rao spearheading the separate Telangana State agitation to achieve the goal “without calling for bandhs”. In his last letter, Dinesh maintained that with his death, the issue of Telangana must be decided this way or that way.

Dinesh used to live with his sister Divya, a teacher, in a rented house. Around 11 a.m., one of their relatives called Ms. Divya and told her that Dinesh had sent him an email stating that he wanted to commit suicide. The worried woman ran to the house crying, only to find her brother hanging to a hook on the ceiling.

“There was no mention of Telangana issue in the email sent by Dinesh. But he wrote about Telangana State in his note,” the Saroorangar police said.

In the note, Dinesh pointed out that what he was doing was wrong and advised others not to follow suit. He expressed regrets to the house owners as he was ending his life in their property and also wanted his sister to take care of their parents and that his eyes should be donated.

Tension gripped the otherwise quiet Pavanpuri Colony as word spread about the suicide of Dinesh, a third-year student of engineering course in Aurora College.

Students and staff members of the college and local Telangana activists gathered at the house in large numbers.

The Telangana activists allowed the police to shift the body to the morgue only after they were given a copy of the suicide note.

Dinesh’s death came as a jolt to his father who works as an accountant in the Agricultural Marketing Committee in Achampet of Mahabubnagar district. “We pinned all our hopes on him, but fate had something else in store for us,” they cried.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee convener Kodandaram and Employees Association leader Vithal called on his family members at the Osmania General Hospital morgue.

They felt the Centre and the Congress party were responsible for the student’s death. They appealed to people of Telangana, especially youngsters, not to kill themselves for the cause of Telangana. The body was handed over to the family after conducting post-mortem examination.

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