Student suicides continue to haunt the Osmania University (OU) campus. A research scholar, K Srinivas Goud (30), consumed a soft drink laced with chemicals on Sunday evening reportedly depressed after failing to make the cut in an interview for junior lectureship.
According to police, Goud, a resident of Miryala village in Nalgonda district, committed suicide after 3.30 p.m. “He mixed some chemicals with a soft drink and had it, thereby killing himself,” said P Ashok, inspector of the OU police station. His death went unnoticed till Monday morning around 9.30 a.m. when a group of students saw his body in the lab and informed the police. The body was sent to the Gandhi hospital for post-mortem, and was then handed over to Goud’s brother, also a student at OU. Apprehending trouble, a posse of policemen was deployed at the Zoology department.
Goud’s death takes the number of campus suicides in the city to five this year. Just a few weeks back, another research scholar, Mohd Mohiuddin, from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) took his own life in a mosque situated in the OU campus.
“Goud was fine till Sunday afternoon. In fact, he was present with all of us till 2 or 2.30 p.m. Afterwards, we didn’t see him, and the next morning, we found his dead body lying on the floor in the lab downstairs,” explained Riyaz Khan, a research scholar at the Zoology department. Riyaz and other friends of Goud said he was a confident young man and couldn’t understand why he took the extreme step.
“He was a very good student. He was bright and had even published a few papers. We never thought he would take his own life for not being able to get lectureship,” said Dr C Srinivasulu, a senior professor at the Zoology department.
G Maruti G Ram, head of the department, also expressed shock over the suicide. Vice-Chancellor Prof S Satyanarayana provided compensation of ` four lakh to the bereaved family.