Gitam University student falls to death, student protest, appeal to police to charge Lathi

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A senior engineering student from GITAM University has died after falling from the sixth floor of the hostel campus. The 24-year-old, from Uganda, has been identified as Haseena. The incident happened late on Wednesday night (April 27), news agency ANI reported.

Students protested at GITAM University of Nagadevanahally in Doddaballapura, Bengaluru. The police used the charge of lathi to disperse the protesting students. Shortly after news of the student’s death spread across campus, a section of students vandalized the college and hostel buildings, including smashing windows and smashing cots .

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According to police sources, the incident happened on Wednesday evening at 11 p.m. Tension reigned on a university campus. Police said security had been tightened to prevent any untoward acts of violence.

Witnesses told the news agency that in a short time, the campus had turned into a war zone. Police rushed to the scene and brought the situation under control after bringing a lathi charge against the agitated students.

According to police sources, the victim accidentally slipped and fell while trying to pick up an item of clothing that had fallen on a sheet at the edge of the building. She was immediately taken to hospital, but succumbed to her injuries en route. His body was kept in a private hospital in Doddaballapur.

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Earlier, a student was found dead at Visva-Bharati in Birbhum district of Bengal, following which tension reigned on campus. The student was found hanged in the hostel room and his parents claimed he had been murdered. The university was trying to cover up the case, the parents added. The deceased was a student in class 12 of “Patha Bhavana”, a school run by the university. A section of students began protesting demanding an audience with Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabory, seeking to learn more about the 17-year-old’s death. Some of the agitators had forced open the lock on the main door outside the VC residence.

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