A final year student of electronics and communication engineering by the name of Guttula N N K Sri Harsha took an extreme step to end his life over alleged harassment in his college.
Harsha couldn’t tolerate how the college authorities behaved with him, especially when they allegedly threatened to cancel 2 campus placement offers he had received. It was when Harsha allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 7th floor of the college on Monday.
Following this, over hundreds of students of Amrita School of Engineering in Bengaluru staged their protest for the third day demanding justice for Harsha.
According to his friends, Harsha ended his life after the college authorities allegedly threatened to cancel 2 campus placement offers he had received.
The college authorities reportedly wanted Harsha to admit that he was involved in an act of vandalism in the college last month. However, his friends say the 21-year-old had nothing really to do with.
The college operated by Kerala-based spiritual leader Amritanandamayi’s Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham saw massive protests by students last month, over poor facilities, especially over water shortage in the hostel buildings.
During the protests, there was some argument in which windows of a lab, classrooms and college buses were destroyed.
The disciplinary committee of the college ordered a probe into the incident and based on their investigation more than 20 students, including Harsha, were suspended for 1 year.
However, on Monday, Harsha and other students who were suspended tried their best to negotiate with the college management, which in turn failed.
Knowing that nothing can be done to restore the situation to normal, Harsha reportedly rushed out of the college office and jumped to his death.
The protesting students have also alleged that the college authorities even tried declare the death as an accident and even cleaned up the entire crime scene.
Based on the complaint by Harsha’s father named Vijay Bhaskar, the police have filed a case against the college authorities under IPC sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 201 (destroying evidence).