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Odisha scholar hangs herself during video call with friend

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Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has begun investigation into the death of a lady research scholar of the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), who allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside her room during a video call with her friend on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified Subhalaxmi Acharya (34).

The body was sent for post-mortem and handed over to the family members on Wednesday.

“We have registered an Unnatural Death (U/D) case and waiting for the post mortem report. We are investigating the case and trying to get more information from the colleagues of the deceased. We will also seek details from other persons on the basis of her mobile call records. After we complete our investigation, we would be able to say whether it is a case of suicide or homicide,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi told media persons today.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the deceased, before committing suicide, was having a video call with Chirantan Samantray, an IIT student of Nagpur, who once did an internship at IMMT under her.

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