Valmiki Prasad, who had been preparing for the engineering entrance exam in Kota since the last academic session, was found hanging from the iron angle of his room’s door around 8pm on August 15.
The teen was seen last on Monday evening. Students living in the next room suspected something was amiss when they did not see Valmiki, nor heard any sound from his room, the whole day. They alerted the warden, who called the police, Kota SP Sharad Choudhary said. No suicide note was found. Cops are examining Valmiki’s phone for clues on reasons behind the step.
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Valmiki had last spoken to his parents on Monday evening. They reached Kota on Wednesday morning and the body was handed over to them after the postmortem examination.
According to his father, Valmiki had come to Kota for JEE preparation at his own wish and was regular in classes.
However, the SP told TOI that the initial probe revealed the deceased had not gone to the coaching institute for the past two months and his performance in the weekly tests earlier had not been up to the mark. Police are investigating whether the coaching institute had informed the parents about his absence from the classes, he added. Three other coaching students had ended their lives in Kota earlier this month. The mounting suicide cases have triggered alarm bells for the district administration, which announced last Saturday that a psychological evaluation of each student would be done every fortnight to detect suicidal tendencies among the students.
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