Kota: Days following the tragic death of a NEET aspirant from Uttar Pradesh, who hanged himself in his hostel room, the district administration has seized the facility for its lack of ‘anti-suicide devices’ in ceiling fans, officials confirmed on Saturday. The 19-year-old student from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, who lived in Kanchan Residency in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar under the Jawahar Nagar police station area, allegedly took his own life by hanging from a ceiling fan inside his hostel room on January 23, as reported by news agency PTI.
The hostel’s seizure came after it was found to be in violation of safety guidelines established for the well-being of students, stated Kota district collector Dr. Ravindra Goswami in a press release on Friday evening.
An inquiry was launched by the additional district magistrate court following the alleged suicide of a student who hanged himself in his hostel room last month. Based on the inquiry report, the ADM court directed action under CrPC Section 133, leading to the seizure of Kanchan Residency hostel in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Talwandi Kota, as stated by Goswami.
ADM Brij Mohan Bairwa said that the hostel’s proprietor, Hisub Soni and caretaker Raghunandan Sharma must strictly adhere to the conditions outlined in the court order.
Kanchan Residency, comprising 32 rooms with 10 occupied by students, has been directed to relocate these students to other hostels by February 5, Goswami mentioned. The district authorities in Kota had mandated hostels to install spring devices on ceiling fans to prevent suicide attempts.
Three student suicides have been reported in the coaching hub this year: Mohammed Zaid, a 19-year-old NEET aspirant, was found hanging on January 23; Niharika Singh, an 18-year-old JEE aspirant, allegedly hanged herself at home on January 29; and on February 2, a final-year BTech student allegedly committed suicide by hanging in his paying guest room.
Last year, Kota witnessed 26 suspected suicide cases among coaching students, the highest in the city, which annually accommodates over 2 lakh students from across the country for medical and engineering entrance exam preparation. The city boasts approximately 4,500 hostels and 40,000 PG accommodations for coaching students.
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