New Delhi: On Saturday, a first year student of the University of Hyderabad committed suicide in his hostel by hanging himself from the ceiling of his dormitory.

The body was discovered by the roommates of the victim, Praveen Kumar, after they returned from their departments to the hostel around 5 am on early Saturday morning.

“When the body was bought to the medical centre, the medical officer on duty had found him to be lifeless. Every possible treatment was given to bring him back to life. However, later we had to shift him to a private hospital for further treatment as we don’t have higher level equipment such as a ventilator. He was declared dead as soon as he was shifted to the private hospital,” chief medical officer Ravindra Kumar said.

Praveen Kumar was a first year student who had taken admission in the Master of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Hyderabad. He was living in room 204 in L hostel for the last three months.

Sources report that Kumar allegedly belonged to a backward class. He was a resident of Shadnagar in Mahbubnagar district.

Police are conducting preliminary investigation in the case and has locked Kumar’s room.  

The University of Hyderabad became a hotbed of national controversy when a Dalit student, Rohith Vemula, committed suicide. 

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