Chennai: The Crime Branch on Monday (November 18) summoned three lecturers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in connection with the suicide of Fathima Latheef. The lecturers were told to appear before the investigating officers on Tuesday (November 19).

According to sources, these three professors were named in one of the suicide notes that was purportedly left by Fathima.

On Monday, a police team is said to have questioned the three professors in the Indian Institute of Technology campus and later issued them summons to appear before them on Tuesday.

However, police officers refused to confirm the authenticity of the suicide note left by Fathima even though they acknowledged the professors being summoned were named in the suicide note.

Fathima was a student of IIT Madras and had allegedly taken her own life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her hostel room. She was a native of Kerala and was pursuing an integrated MA programme at the institute.

Fathima was staying at the Sarayu hostel in campus. Following the incident and according to preliminary investigation, police revealed that this was Fathima’s first stay away from family and that she had scored poorly in her internal exam.