The Mumbai police’s Special Investigation Team arrested a batchmate of IIT Bombay student Darshan Solanki in connection with the alleged abetment of his suicide, an official said on Sunday.
The arrest follows confirmation of handwriting in a suicide note by Solanki. The note was sent to the handwriting analysis department of the Crime Investigation Department (CID).
A specially constituted SIT was handed over the probe into the death of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) student Darshan Solanki after Mumbai Police claimed to have found nothing to suggest any implicit involvement.
The accused, identified as Arman Khatri, stayed on the same floor of the hostel. In a purported suicide note recovered by the SIT on March 3, Solanki had mentioned that “Arman has killed me,” the official said.
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Solanki, who hailed from Ahmedabad in Gujarat and was a first-year student of the B Tech (Chemical) course, allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of a hostel building located on the IIT(B) campus in suburban Powai on February 12 this year.
The probe into the death of 18-year-old Darshan Solanki took a dramatic turn on March 27, with the special investigation team (SIT) claiming to have found a suicide note “right under his study table.” The note reportedly had just four words: “Arman has killed me.” Arman Iqbal Khatri was Darshan’s wing mate. Darshan resided in Room 802 of Hostel 16, while the accused occupies Room 808.
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In the days after Solanki’s death, the police claimed that no suicide note was recovered. His family and some students had alleged that Solanki, a Bachelor of Technology student from Ahmedabad, was driven to suicide due to discrimination against Scheduled Castes students on campus.
In the next step forward, the SIT is expected to push for a lie-detector test to be able to accurately construct the sequence of events.
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