Pune: FTII student found hanging in hostel
PUNE: A 32-year-old final year cinematography student from north Goa was found hanging from a window bar in a boys' hostel room on the Film and Television Institute of India's campus around 9am on Friday.
Senior inspector Murlidhar Karpe from the Deccan Gymkhana police said, "The death may have occurred a day or two earlier as the body had decomposed. We had to summon fire brigade personnel to break into the room after a caller informed us about foul stench emanating from the room. Circumstances revealed that the deceased used a nylon rope to hang himself from the window bar. The rope snapped because it could not sustain the student's weight for a long period."
Karpe said, "We are investigating the cause of the student's death because we could not find any suicide note from the room. The body has been sent to the Sassoon General Hospital for post-mortem. The report is awaited."
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)'s hostel students told the police that the victim was last seen on Tuesday. "The students told us that he was treated at the Sassoon hospital for hallucination a fortnight ago. We have informed the victim's parents about the incident and they will be reaching Pune tonight (Friday night)," said Karpe.
"Some hostel students in their statements recorded with the police said the deceased was staying alone in the room and they had noticed him to be in a disturbed state of mind over the past few days. There wasn't much interaction between the students and the victim. We shall also record statements of FTII officials and others to establish the probable reasons for the death," he said, adding that an accidental death case had been registered for now.
Sayyid Rabeehashmi, the FTII registrar, said in a statement, "A student of 2017 batch of cinematography was found dead in his room in the boys' hostel on Friday morning. His body was taken to Sassoon hospital. The police are probing the matter. It is sad to lose a bright student."
Some students TOI spoke to confirmed that the victim had been going through mental health issues for a while but refused to elaborate on the help sought for him, out of respect to his family.
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