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JNU scholar’s family suspects foul play

Deceased JNU research scholar J. Muthukrishnan's father Jeevanantham (Centre) at AIIMS, New Delhi, on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

A 28-year-old M. Phil student of Jawaharlal Nehru University committed suicide at a friend’s house in south Delhi’s Munirka area on Monday.

The family of Muthu Krishnan, however, alleged foul play behind his death and has demanded that an FIR be registered in the case. His father Jeevanandam, who arrived here on Tuesday from Salem, filed a police complaint asking that an FIR be registered under relevant provisions. He did not say if the family suspected someone murdered Krishnan or abetted his suicide.

Krishnan was a first year M.Phil student at the Centre for Historical Studies of JNU’s School of Social Sciences, and stayed at the Jhelum Hostel in campus.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh said that Muthukrishnan and two other JNU students had been invited by their friend Gomen Kim, a South Korean IT professional, for lunch at the latter’s rented accommodation in Munirka Vihar. Kim stays with his wife and two children, who were also present there.

‘He said he was tired’

“The other students — Lakshyajeet and Issac — were in another room with Kim. The victim had retired to a room, saying that he had slept at 3 a.m. the day before and wanted to rest,” the police said.

“The other three agreed and had lunch. deciding they would serve Muthukrishnan his meal once he woke up,” said Mr. Singh.

However, when he did not get up by 4.30 p.m., the three started knocking on the door and when Krishnan did not respond, Issac peeped in from a small opening between the window panes and saw him hanging from the ceiling.

The police, who were then alerted, arrived broke open the door.

Three days before his death, Muthu Krishnan put up Facebook posts condemning the Hyderabad varsity’s alleged role in Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide last year, and criticised JNU’s new admission policy.


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