NEW DELHI: A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar J Muthukrishnan’s body was recovered from his friend’s residence at Munirka in Delhi, cops suspect he could have planned his alleged ‘suicide’ a few days back. However, his hostel mates refused to believe it was a suicide as he looked happy and even took part in Holi festivities hours before his death.
The Delhi police, who are probing the case, claim the victim was not keeping well for the last 15 days. “He was not replying to his friends since the last two weeks. He had also posted a Facebook status saying RIB (Rest In Bed) as he was not well,” said a police official who is part of the investigation. The police say they have not found any foul play, but are questioning his ‘male and female’ friends.
The New Indian Express caught up with one of Muthukrishnan’s hostel mate, who is shocked by the sudden incident. “I met him on Monday and he was looking totally normal. He asked for spare pants from hostel mates to play Holi. I don’t know what went wrong in two hours to commit suicide,” said Sunny Diman, who stays in Jhelum hostel and is also the NSUI in charge for JNU. “Police are trying to make this a clear case of suicide, but it’s not that simple. He did not have any close friends, but a person, who was an active writer on social media, not leaving behind a suicide note is also suspicious,” he adds.
No post-mortem examination has been conducted so far on the mortal remains of Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar J Muthukrishnan even as the police are planning to request the medical board to conduct the process.
Officials investigating the death claimed the two students, who stayed in the same flat where he committed suicide, had knocked on Muthukrishnan’s door. When he did not respond, they assumed he was asleep.
Meanwhile, student leaders of various political wings have started a blame game over the issue.
Shehla Rashid, former vice president, JNU students’ union, tweeted, “JNU VC recently moved court against protesting students and the HC banned protests at admin block, to which Rajini refers in his last post.”
On the other side, Saurabh Sharma, ABVP member and former joint secretary of JNUSU, tweeted, “Why were the anarchist-leftist gangs so prompt in reaching the site of suicide? Is it a case of criminal conspiracy? Was Rajini murdered?” Dr Eshwar Rao, who was Muthu’s professor at University of Hyderabad, referred to him as someone committed to Dalit politics and social issues. On several occasions, he also counselled Muthu, and even helped him financially.