Batchmate held over death of IIT – B student

Mumbai : The Mumbai Po lice’s Special Investigation Team ( SIT ) has arrested a batchmate of IIT Bombay student Darshan Solanki in connection with the alleged abetment of his suicide , an official said on Sunday .

The accused , identified as Arman Khatri , and Solanki stayed on the same floor of a hostel of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and both were batchmates , he said .

In a purported suicide note recovered by the SIT on March 3 , Solanki had men toned that ” Arman has killed me ” , the official said .

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 campus in suburban Powai on February 12 this year .

The Mumbai police’s SIT recently received a report from a handwriting expert , which said the handwriting in the purported suicide note recovered from the institute’s hostel matched the writing samples of the de ceased , confirming that it was written by him , an official earlier said .

The Maharashtra gov ornament had formed the SIT to conduct a probe into So Lanka’s death .

His family had claimed that he faced discrimination at the premier institute for belonging to a Scheduled Caste ( SC ) community and suspected foul play in his death .

However , the inquiry committee set up by the IITB had ruled out caste – based discrimination and hinted at deteriorating academic per romance as a possible cause of suicide .

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