Vikash Sharma

A day after a first-year MBBS student of Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Bolangir district died after allegedly falling off the roof of the hostel, his family members on Saturday termed it a murder.

The deceased identified as Nishant Kumar, a native of Haryana was residing in New Boys hostel of the medical college in Bolangir.

Nishant’s mother, who reached Bolangir along with other family members on Saturday, alleged that her son has been murdered.

“My son was psychologically tormented and later murdered. He had cleared NEET without any coaching in first attempt. Due to ragging and torture by seniors, he was not able to concentrate on studies and prepare schedule,” said deceased Nishant’s mother.

The family further alleged that Nishant had narrated the ordeal to them over a video call describing how senior students were harassing him.

“I used to call my son daily. He was crying due to harassment. When I asked Nishant to report the matter to the authorities, he stopped me saying that seniors would torture him more for complaining. Two days back, the seniors had abused him and was mentally very disturbed,” Nishant’s mother added.

The family members alleged that the seniors had made some WhatsApp group and used to call the juniors for ragging at late night hours.

A team of senior police officials including forensic experts conducted inspection at Nishant's lodging room no 312. The team has collected some documents, diary and other articles for verification.

Earlier on Friday, the Dean of the Medical College, Sabita Mohapatra said, “There is no chance of ragging within the hostel premises as the squads keep a track of the same. I haven't received any complaint regarding ragging from anyone.”

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