Kota: A 17-year-old boy committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Kota on Tuesday by hanging from the ceiling fan. The teenager, Jitesh Gupta, a resident of Siwan, Bihar had come to Kota for taking coaching for IIT JEE 2019 entrance examinations.

The 17-year-old had passed his Class 12th and had been preparing for his JEE examinations for three years now. When he did not answer the call from his parents on Tuesday morning, they asked his friend to check on him. It was his friend who found him hanging from the ceiling fan. The authorities immediately rushed to the spot.

No suicide note was found and the authorities are trying to ascertain the cause behind the extreme step. The body has been kept in the mortuary of Maharao Bhim Singh hospital for post-mortem. The post-mortem would be conducted today after the family arrives from Bihar.

This is the third suicide case recorded from Kota city. On Sunday afternoon, two separate incidents claimed the lives of students. Diksha Singh, a NEET 2019 aspirant from Kushinagar town in UP had hanged herself while another IIT Aspirant, Deepak Dadich had hanged himself on Saturday noon at his coaching institute. Diksha was 17-year-old while Deepak was 16-year-old.

With yesterday’s suicide, the total number of suicides recorded in the city this year has climbed to 19.

As per the Kota district administration data, at least 58 students enrolled at private coaching centres in the city committed suicide between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, there was a dip in the suicides, which were down to seven compared to 17 in 2016 and 16 in 2015.

According to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report, study stress, parental pressure, depression, homesickness, love affairs, liquor or drug abuse and emotional issues are the main reasons behind the increasing number of suicides.