Kota: Tests At Coaching Centres Stayed As Two NEET Aspirants Die By Suicide. 22 Cases This Year


A day after two NEET aspirants allegedly committed suicide in two separate incidents in Rajasthan’s Kota, the authorities have stayed tests and examinations at coaching centres in Kota for two months in continuation of “providing mental support and security”.

Two NEET aspirants allegedly committed suicide in Kota within four hours on Sunday. After the latest incidents the toll has reached to 22 this year, according to the police. Avishkar Shambaji Kasle (17), jumped from the sixth floor of his coaching institute’s building in Jawahar Nagar at around 3.15 pm, minutes after walking out of a room on the third floor of the institute after a test, the police said, as reported by news agency PTI.

Following the incident the institute’s staff rushed Kasle to a hospital but he died on the way, Vigyan Nagar Circle Officer (CO) Dharmveer Singh said.

Four hours after Kasle’s death, 18-year-old Adarsh Raj, who was also preparing for the competitive exam, hanged himself in his rented flat in under Kunhadi police station area at around 7 pm, police said, PTI reported. Circle Officer (Kunhadi) KS Rathore said Raj was reportedly breathing when he was taken down but succumbed on the way to hospital.

According to PTI, when Raj’s sister and cousin brother reached the flat around 7.30, they broke open his room, which was locked from the inside, and found Raj hanging from the ceiling.

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According to CO Dharmveer Singh, Kasle, a native of Maharashtra’s Latur district and a Class 12 student, was preparing for NEET UG in the city for three years and was living in a rented room in the Talwandi area with his maternal grandparents. He further stated that his parents are government school teachers in Maharashtra.

Raj, a native of Bihar’s Rohtas district, had been preparing for NEET UG in a coaching institute in Kota for a year and was living in a rented 2BHK flat with his sister and cousin brother, who are also preparing for competitive exams, police said. According to police, no suicide notes were recovered from either of the students’ rooms, as reported by PTI.

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The post-mortem of both deceased students will be conducted on Monday after the arrival of the parents, police said. In 2022, fifteen coaching students died by suicide in Kota, where lakhs of students from across the country are currently preparing for various competitive exams in different institutes of the city.

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