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Assam: Chaos At NIT Silchar As Students Clash With Police After Arunachal Student Suicide On Campus

The incident, which initially sparked a massive campus protest, took an alarming turn as protesters resorted to violence, prompting police intervention.

SILCHAR ( Assam ) –   Tension prevails at the National Institute of Technology, Silchar, as students held Dean Academics, Dr. Binoy Krishna Roy, and his family hostage following the tragic suicide of a 3rd-year student on September 15. The incident, which initially sparked a massive campus protest, took an alarming turn as protesters resorted to violence, prompting police intervention.

Koj Buker, 3rd year student at NIT Silchar committed suicide by hanging himself. He was from Electrical Engineering Dept. and hailed from Arunachal Pradesh.

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As per the information received, He committed suicide bcoz of academic pressure. He had many backlogs and he couldn’t cope up with it and hanged himself in hostel 7.His untimely death sent shockwaves through the campus, leading to a spontaneous uprising among students.
Another student informed that the academic pressure has increased alot in NIT Silchar and administration is very strict on academic rules and doesn’t give sympathy which is resulting in mental pressure to students.

Students alleged  that  “The boy went to the admin building requesting them to give him a chance to sit in the exam as he had backlogs. They tore apart his application, and then he went to the hostel room and committed suicide.”

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“Our student, our senior, died by suicide, and we were doing peaceful agitation but the authorities of NIT Silchar didn’t even bother to come and talk to us. They unleashed police on us, police lathi-charged us,” a protesting student said.

The protest escalated when some students vandalized Dr. BK Roy’s residence, damaged his vehicles, and according to Police sources, attempted to set his house on fire using an LPG cylinder.

Cachar’s Deputy Commissioner, Rohan Kumar Jha, and Superintendent of Police, Numal Mahatta, rushed to the scene in an effort to engage in dialogue with the students.

The  situation took a violent turn around 11:30 pm when a student hurled a water bottle at the SP, striking him in the face. In response, the administration had no choice but to resort to a lathi charge to control of the situation.

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The lathi charge led to the dispersal of the protesting students, albeit with injuries sustained during the police intervention. These injured students have been promptly transported to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital for first aid. Additionally, some students damaged passing cars, including a private vehicle owned by a journalist.

As the situation unfolded, the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar and the Superintendent of Police joined the NIT Silchar administration for a meeting. According to sources, the institute is likely to be declared closed until further notice to restore calm and address the underlying issues.

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