The 21-year-old final-year student had failed to make it through to the shortlist of an IT firm; police say he did not leave any note

A final year engineering student of the Madras Institute of Technology died after he was hit by a suburban train near Chromepet railway station, a short distance away from his institution, on Tuesday morning.

While many of his friends said it could be an case of suicide, police sources said there was no suicide note left by the student, and further investigation will follow. The First Information Report states that the accident was caused due to “sudden trespass” by the victim.

The deceased Mohammed Shakeel (21) is son of Khaleel Mohammed Ibrahim, a senior official in the Communications and Operations wing at Chennai Airport and Malkees Mohammed. Ms. Malkees is an officer with Life Insurance Corporation of India, Kallakurichi, Villupuram District.

The accident took place at 10.25 a.m. as the student was crossing the railway lines at the northern end of the suburban platform of Chromepet railway station. He was hit by a train that was on its way to Tambaram.

Sajeev Kumar, guard of the train that hit Shakeel, informed the Station Master, Chromepet, who in turn passed on the information to Government Railway Police station, Tambaram.

Policemen shifted the body to Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet for post-mortem examination. Shakeel’s friends, many of whom had gathered at Chromepet GH, were shocked at the news. Some friends said the student was visibly disturbed after not making it to the final shortlist of a multinational company, despite having cleared the written tests. “After the results came out on Monday, he was very sad. He left after attending the first session today,” said his friend. Sources said he had left college after sending messages to a few friends.

Police contacted Mr. Khaleel, who in turn informed his family. Shakeel also has a younger brother.

A senior faculty at his institution said the student was a high-scorer and a very good badminton player.

“He was eligible for all companies. This was just the third company to have come for placements. It is very difficult to believe he acted so impulsively,” he added.

Students said almost 1,000 of the 1,300 students who wrote the test had not made it. “We had expected the company to select many more students like they did last year. So, there was a general sense of despair about the upcoming placements,” said another student.

Anna University officials said that this year, like last year, over 60 companies were lined up for placements. However, many of them have already declared that they will recruit fewer students. An official said the placement season this year looked bleak with most companies reducing their intake by at least 60 per cent.

“Also, the fact that many seniors are waiting to be called by companies, despite having cracked interviews is creating pressure on us. The students want to get recruited by companies that have not defaulted on their offers,” he added.

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