IIT Guwahati Faculty Member Found Dead at His Official Residence; Suicide Suspected

The body of a man was found in one of the residences at IIT Guwahati this evening. He has been identified as a faculty of the institute. The institute said it is trying to establish contact with the family of the deceased.

According to police, the body of Sameer Kamal, 47, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room after police broke the door following information from the IITG authorities.

The deceased was a faculty in the Mathematics Department. According to reports, Kamal was the son of Ismatullah Ansari, a resident of Paschim Vihar in New Delhi.

Superintendent of Police of Kamrup district Hitesh Roy said, “We suspect that he allegedly died by suicide two to three days back. The body has been sent to the hospital for post-mortem,”

As per the local police, on Friday evening, they received information from the IIT that a foul smell was coming out from a locked faculty quarter. Dr Kamal was found hanging later from the ceiling fan, the SP said.

Later the door was opened in the presence of Magistrate, Officer-in-Charge of North Guwahati police station, In-charge Amingaon outpost,” Kamrup district Hitesh Ch. Roy added.

IIT Guwahati has also issued a statement: “The institute is trying to establish contact with the family of the deceased. IIT Guwahati expresses its deepest condolences to the family at this time of profound grief. We will cooperate with the police investigation and will also commission an internal investigation on this matter.”

Earlier this year, a student of the student had allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room. A native of Kerala, he was pursuing BTech course in the IIT.

Though the institute has not revealed the identity of the student, as per police sources, the deceased was identified as Surya Narayan Premkishore.

There have been several suicide cases at IIT Guwahati in the last few years.

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