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IIT Madras Suicide case: Cabinet minister assures thorough investigation

Minister D Jayakumar says probe will take place in Fathima’s suicide case, strict action will be taken against the culprit

IIT Madras Suicide case: Cabinet minister assures thorough investigation
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 16, 2019, 5:22 PM IST
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Chennai: Days after an IIT-Madras student committed suicide over alleged religious discrimination, a professor from the institution, was summoned for inquiry by the Chennai police. Meanwhile, a suicide note purportedly written by the student has gone viral on the social media, sparking outrage and protests.

Tamil Nadu cabinet minister and organising secretary of the AIADMK, D Jayakumar on Saturday said that the inquiry will be conducted in IIT Madras student death case and strict action would be taken against the culprit.

Speaking to ANI, Jayakumar said, "Abdul Latheef, the father of Fathima Latheef, has raised some questions and had met chief minister and DGP of the state. He himself said he has faith in state government. The inquiry will be made and the culprit will be charged." The minister participated in a programme organised by the state government in Chennai Collectorate office at Parry's. He distributed cheque to various beneficiaries, including specially-abled under various welfare schemes.

DMK chief MK Stalin had on Thursday (Nov 14) demanded a transparent and independent probe into the episode. PMK chief S Ramadoss had sought investigation into allegation of harassment by the faculty. VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan had said the incident should not be seen as suicide but "institutional murder."

As political parties including the DMK staged protests on Friday (Nov 15) pressing their demand for "a transparent probe" into the suicide of an IIT Madras student, the institution said it is extending full cooperation to the police investigation, now transferred to the Central Crime Branch.

Political parties have demanded a thorough probe after the family of the student, who hailed from Kerala, accused a faculty member of the IIT-Madras of driving her to commit suicide.

Fathima Latheef, a student from Kerala, committed suicide on November 9 by hanging to the ceiling fan of her hostel room. There was no suicide note found in her on the campus.

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