GMCH Chandigarh BSc Nursing Student found dead under mysterious circumstances
Chandigarh: In an unfortunate incident, a final-semester BSc nursing student originally hailing from Kashmir has been found dead in his hostel room at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh (Sector 32), where he was pursuing his education.
As per various media reports, two seniors from the medical college allegedly found the late nursing student lying on his bed unconscious in the intervening night of June 25 and June 26 and they took him to the hospital. He was declared as brought dead by the doctors.
Although local police have ruled out any suspicion regarding his death, the family of the late student has claimed it to be a murder and has demanded a thorough investigation into the matter. A forensic report, which is due, is expected to shed more light on the mystery. A case under section 174 of CrPc has been registered in the matter.
The 22-year-old bright youth hailed from the Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district and was a final semester student at the Government medical college.
As per the latest media report by the Indian Express, the nursing student was lying on his bed at around 12 am, when two of his seniors entered the room. As he had swelling on his ears and eyes, he was taken to the hospital immediately by the seniors. The doctors in there declared him as brought dead.
Giving accounts of the incident, a cousin of the victim told the daily, "When his friends opened the hostel room around 12 am, he was lying dead on the bed and his books were lying open on the table. He had swelling on his ears and eyes. We request the authorities to go deep into the issue."
"Someone has killed him. The police report also mentions unnatural death. Why isn't police investigating then?" he added.
Greater Kashmir adds that the family of the victim is convinced that the death was caused by murder. One of the cousin's of the victim told the daily that one of the friends of the late nursing student belonging from Kulgam first informed the family of the incident. His friend told the family that he himself came to know of the incident from two youth around midnight.
"One of the youth as per his friend, works at the same college while the second is a pass out. We wonder what were the two doing at his room at midnight," the cousin asked.
Questioning the presence of the two seniors in the victim's room, one of the cousins of the late nursing student told Indian Express, "The two people who discovered his body were his seniors and they have already passed out from the college, so we want to question what were they doing in the hostel then. The college authorities said they work at GMCH and the two told us that they were friends with him and used to meet him often."
It has further been questioned by the family how could the student die so soon when he had talked to his family between 10.30 pm and 11 pm on June 25.
"He had told me that he will be coming home on Eid. He talked to his mother and sister in the evening. At 2 am in the night, we got a call that he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized," his aunt told Hindustan Times, demanding a proper probe in the matter.
"Is being a Kashmiri a crime? He had just three months left to finish his degree. Before dropping the call, he had told his parents that his senior had come to his room. His killers should be brought to justice," another relative added.
The victim's father also told Greater Kashmir that his son was fit and fine when he talked to him on Thursday. "At around 2PM his friend called me saying my son is serious. I was shocked. Then the college principal called later saying he passed away," his father recalled further demanding a proper investigation into the matter.
However, the local police have denied finding any foul play in the matter. While commenting on the matter, officiating SHO PS 34 Jaskaran Singh told The Indian Express: "As per preliminary investigations, the victim had fever. However, he tested negative for Covid-19. As of now, there is no foul play. After carrying outing postmortem, the victim's body was handed over to the family."
Addressing the allegations about a possible foul play by the two youth, who were at the victim's apartment at the time, SI Jaskaran told Greater Kashmir, "The three were friends for years".
"The youth (victim) was already ill and the duo had visited him to enquire about his health. They later took him to the hospital at the same college where he died," he further mentioned adding that a doctor at the hospital also opined it to be a natural death.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jasbinder Kaur, Director Principal of GMCH-32, told Indian Express regarding the matter, "Police is probing the matter."
Mourning the loss of the late nursing student one of his cousins recalled how he had always been a bright student among four of his siblings. "He was a bright student and all these years he topped his college. He was never involved in any notoriety. His father had saved every penny to send him to Chandigarh to study here," the cousin said.
"He talked to his sister around 9.30 pm and then to his father between 10.30 pm and 11 pm on the day of the incident. He sounded perfectly fine and normal," further mentioned the cousin.
Meanwhile, the family brought the dead body of the late nursing student back on Saturday for his last rites.