Scholar’s charred body found in IIT Madras; suicide note mentions ‘stress’

Chennai: The charred body of a project staff of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, was found on the premises last night, police and the management said on Friday.

The deceased was identified as Unnikrishnan from Ernakulam, Kerala.

According to sources, the charred body was recovered from a hockey stadium at the premier technical institute by the police on Thursday night after some hockey players alerted them.

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Reports said that Unnikrishnan had also left behind an 11-page suicide note in his room, which talked about stress at the workplace.

“From the scene of crime it appears to be a case of suicide. The police have registered a case of suspicious death,” a senior official told.

The IIT management said the police is investigating the incident and that the institute was fully cooperating with the authorities.

“An unfortunate and tragic incident occurred yesterday at IIT Madras Campus, involving a temporary project staff. The project staff whose body was found had joined the Institute in April 2021 and was living outside the campus,” it said in a statement.

“We are shocked and deeply grieved, and convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the departed soul,” it added.

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