NHRC Team To Visit Odisha’s Balangir For Probe Into Medical Student’s Death

Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team is scheduled to visit Balangir to probe the death of MBBS student Nishant Kumar at Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital (BBMCH).

Nishant Kumar, the first-year student had died after falling off the roof of the hostel on April 22. His family had alleged that he committed suicide following ragging.

Nishant’s father had started a campaign seeking justice for his only son later that month. Tagging PMO India, Amit Shah, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij, Kishan Kumar tweeted: “You are requested to please do the needful for getting justice to my only son Nishant Kumar, who lost his life at the age of 18 due to ragging at BBMCH, Balangir, Odisa (sic).”

He had earlier alleged that Nishant was subjected to ragging two days after arriving at the college. He was so depressed that he committed suicide on April 22, he said, adding that “this act of compelling him to commit suicide comes under the category of ‘murder’. Blaming the anti-ragging cell of the institute, he requested Balagir Town Police to lodge an FIR against it for the carelessness leading to the death of his son.

His chat details with one of his friends revealed that the first-year students were subjected to 3-4 hours of ragging daily and there was a reign of fear.

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A video clip, containing moments after Nishant reportedly fell from the hostel roof and died, later added a fresh twist to the death of the Haryana native. In the video, he was seen being taken to a parking area after the fall, where a person, believed to be a staff of the college, allegedly searches his pocket.

“They (medical college authorities) claimed they were checking his pulse but it appears inappropriate at that time. The video shows a different spot,” the uncle of the deceased had said.

Also Read: Video Adds New Twist To MBBS Student’s Death At Balangir MCH In Odisha


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