A first-year student of IIT- Madras was found hanging with a clothes line inside his hostel room.

The student, Akshay Kumar, pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, was from Rajasthan. The reasons for the suicide are not known.

Kotturpuram police said Akshay Kumar was found dead after his roommate alerted the watchman on Friday night that he was not responding to his calls to open the room. His body was taken to Royapettah Government Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The post-mortem report confirmed the suicide. “His cellphone shows only messages sent to his father,” an official said. Akshay's father, Nand Kishore Meena, took the student’s body to his native place on Sunday.

IIT- Madras officials said Akshay did not leave any suicide note.