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Kota: Coaching student commits suicide

Niharika was a resident of Chhattisgarh, according to preliminary reports. She was studying in coaching institute in Kota and lived in a hostel.

February 1, 2018, 10:29 am

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Niharika Devangan who committed suicide in her hostel room in Kota.

Jaipur: An 18-year-old coaching student, identified as Niharika Devangan, committed suicide by hanging herself at her hostel room in Jawahar Nagar police station area in Kota on Saturday. Niharika was a resident of Dhantari district in Chhattisgarh, according to the police. She was studying in ALLEN coaching institute in Kota and preparing for NEET. The medical aspirant lived in Maha Laxmi Hostel in Kota's Jawahar Nagar area. According to the police, she was struggling with her studies. She cleared her class 12 examination last year. “She had been in Kota for the past five months. She was struggling with studies. On Saturday morning, her hostel mates saw her outside her room. When she didn’t come out of her room for lunch, other girls knocked on the door and got no response,” said a police officer. When they peeked into the room through a window, they saw the girl hanging from the ceiling of her room. The hostel administration informed the police following which a team was immediately rushed to the spot. The cops got the body down and put it in the mortuary of a hospital for a postmortem examination. The police are waiting for the family members to arrive. The spat of suicides by students in the country’s coaching hub has again raised questions marks over the pressure of studies that the students are put through.
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A police team in the hostel room where Niharika committed suicide.

Niharika’s suicide has come barely a week after another coaching student, a 17-year-old girl, identified as Neeraj Choudhary – a native of Haryana was found hanging from the ceiling of her hostel room. The girl who was preparing for NEET was a class 12 student at a private school and had been staying in Pragya Girls Hostel in Rajeev Gandhi Nagar for the past two years, according to the police. On January 6, the body of a 16-year-old Anurag Bhartiya, a NEET aspirant who belonged to Sitamani area in Bihar was found floating in Chambal river in Kota a week after he was reported missing. Though the investigation is still underway, police officials didn’t rule out the possibility that Anurag committed suicide. On December 7, the body of a 20-year-old coaching student, Abdulla Aziz, was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room in Rajeev Gandhi Nagar of Kota. On November 20, a 17-year-old girl student, identified as Manisha Singh, hanged herself in her hostel room.

First published: January 13, 2018
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