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Final Year B.Tech Student at IIT Delhi Dies by Suicide, Police Probe Underway

The news comes after a recent spike in student suicides at India's 'elite' institutes.

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A student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi died by suicide on Saturday, 8 July.

Details: The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Ayush Ashna who hailed from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, according to the Delhi Police.

  • He was a final year B.Tech student and had enrolled for IIT Delhi's summer course.

  • Ayush was staying at Udaigiri Hostel on the campus, police further said.

Why it matters: There has been an unusual, recent spike in student suicides at India's 'elite' institutes. The suicide of Darshan Solanki, a first-year IIT Bombay student, had made headlines in February over allegations of caste discrimination on campus.

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What they're saying: "Crime team was called at the spot. Nothing suspicious found," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Manoj C.

  • He added that an enquiry is "under progress," as per Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

  • "As per our official records at the counselling unit, the student has never approached us for any counselling or help," IIT Delhi's Dean of Student Affairs Aditya Mittal told The Quint.

A condolence meeting is expected to be held soon.

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