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The Financial Express

Violence at Indian university after student’s suicide

Published: November 23, 2017 11:19:50 | Updated: November 23, 2017 15:04:35


The protests reportedly broke out after a first year engineering student took her own life. (Photo Courtesy: ANI) The protests reportedly broke out after a first year engineering student took her own life. (Photo Courtesy: ANI)

Students of an Indian university went on a rampage and set hostel properties on fire after a first-year student, who was caught allegedly cheating during an exam, committed suicide.

Agitated students of the Sathyabhama University in Chennai claimed that the victim had been humiliated by a professor.

The 18-year-old, Ragamonica, hailing from Hyderabad, allegedly hung herself in her room after she was caught cheating and sent out of the hall, says a hindustantimes report.

The Times of India quoted a university official as saying that her body was discovered by her twin brother and friends.

As news of her death spread, students began staging demonstrations on late Wednesday.

Videos and pictures posted on Twitter showed mattresses and furniture set on fire.

"They burnt stuff outside first year men's hostel. Then they burnt a tree. None of the buildings were damaged I think. At 11pm also there is a huge crowd outside the college gate," one student told Indian news outlet The News Minute.

The protests ended early on Thursday morning after police were called in, according to agencies.

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