Mystery shrouded the death of a 20-year-old college student who reportedly died of burns at a hospital on Sunday.
While it is said that the girl died of burns that she suffered in a fire accident at her house on Saturday night, police claim that the student had committed suicide.
Police sources said Shenbagavalli (20), daughter of Rajagopal, was studying third year Computer Science course at a private college at Sattur in the neighbouring Virudhunagar district.
On Saturday night, she was alone at her home and was working on the laptop. Suddenly, a fire broke out on the computer and soon the blaze spread to other parts and engulfed the whole house.
Immediately, neighbours called the fire fighters for help.
Fire and Rescue Service personnel, who arrived at the spot, rescued the girl and she was rushed to the Kovilpatti government hospital. However, Shenbagavalli succumbed to the burns on Saturday midnight.
Sources said that Shenbagavalli was working in her laptop at her house on Saturday night. Suddenly a fire broke out on the laptop and the girl suffered serious burns. Later, she was admitted to the GH where she died without responding to the treatment.
However police claimed that the girl was alone in the home on Saturday night and had allegedly committed suicide by committing self-immolation. To prove their claim, police said that they found a 5-litre kerosene can in the girl’s room where she had allegedly committed suicide.
The post-mortem is yet to be performed and the body has been placed at the Kovilpatti GH.
Meanwhile, the Kovilpatti East Police have registered a case under section 174 of Cr.PC. Further investigations are on to find the true cause of the girl’s death.