Muthu's father rejects police's suicide theory

Muthu's father rejects police's suicide theory

The father of JNU student J Muthu Krishnan rejected the initial claim by Delhi Police that his son committed suicide.

Lodging a complaint with a local police station, Jeevanandhaam M also trashed media reports that quoted Delhi Police officers as saying that Muthu, a first year MPhil student, was learnt to have been suffering from depression.

“I would like to state that my son was not diagnosed with any mental illness and was not under any medication for depression or any other mental illness,” Jeevanandhaam said in his complaint.

He demanded lodging of an FIR under the “relevant sections” of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as those of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He claimed Muthu’s friends had told him that he was facing “constant caste-based harassment and discrimination in his academic pursuit from his (university) centre and the JNU administration”.

“I request the police authorities concerned to conduct a thorough investigation into the suspicious death, not suicide, of my son and register an FIR under appropriate sections,” Jeevanandhaam said in his complaint.

He refused to accept the police claim that Muthu committed suicide, citing the pictures of the body shown to him. “In the picture, the tongue was not protruding and his eyelids were not drooping which is normally seen in such cases,” he said.

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