A former student of VVR government college at Mylavaram in Krishna district died under suspicious circumstances at his house at Chandragudem village on Sunday afternoon. His family members said he had committed suicide by swallowing sleeping pills as he was depressed over the future of the college.
The deceased, Garnepudi Venkateswara Rao (22), completed B.Com from the college a year ago and currently studying M.Com at DAR college at Nuzvid in Krishna district. He participated in the relay hunger strike by the students of VVR college demanding opening of the newly constructed building at the college.
Venkateshwar Rao reportedly left a suicide note in which he held the government responsible for his death and urged the donor of the building to hand it over to the college for the benefit of poor students.
It may be recalled that minister for information technology Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who visited Mylavaram in December 2011, was to inaugurate the building, but refused.
The building was constructed by local philanthropist Lakkireddy Hammi Reddy, who had settled down as a doctor in the USA.
Hanmi Reddy, who wanted to donate the building to the college, was angered by the attitude of the minister and refused to inaugurate the building. Mylavaram circle-inspector U Bangarraju said the reasons behind the death of Venkateswara Rao are yet to be ascertained.