Hyderabad, March 13: A 26 year old researcher of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi commits suicide by hanging himself at a friend’s place in Delhi’s Munrika on Monday. The victim identified as Muthu Krishnan who was also an alumnus of University of Hyderabad (UOH) took the drastic step today and was an active student among the Dalit movement in the university.

The news comes almost a year after the death of Rohith Vemula, a PHD student from Hyderabad Central University which had shocked the nation and even raised questions on authorities at the University. Some reports suggest that Muthu Krishnan too belong to the Scheduled caste was an active member of the Justice for Rohith Vemula movement. A native of Salem, Tamil Nadu, Muthu Krishnan was pursuing his Master’s in Philosophy from JNU where he took admission last year.

“We are in deep shock over the incident. He was such a bright student and a prolific writer,” a member of the Joint Action Committee stated to Times Of India. During the Rohith Vemula movement, Krishnan wrote several small articles on his Facebook page and he was also present in many meetings and rallies held for Rohith Vemula.

Reacting on the incident, Shehla Rashid, former Vice President of JNU Students’ Union tweeted stating that, “Muthu Krishnan (Rajini Krish)’s friends @nsaibalaji & others say he was too brave to end his life. A thorough probe into the death is needed.” Rashid also shared articles of Muthu Krishnan written during the Rohith Vemula movement.

Krishnan was also a participant of the blockade of JNU Ad block called by the Committee of Suspended Students for Social Justice against the implementation of draconian May 2016 UGC Gazette notification. In one of his recent Facebook posts, Krishnan had written, “When equality is denied everything is denied. There is no Equality in M.phil/phd Admission, there is no equality in Viva – voce, there is only denial of equality, denying prof. Sukhadeo thorat recommendation, denying Students protest places in Ad – block, denying the education of the Marginals.”

The police received a PCR call around 5:05 pm stating that a person had locked himself in a room at a house. On reaching the spot, police forced open the door and a young man was found hanging from the ceiling fan. The crime team was called to the spot and the scene was inspected and photographed.

“He had come to his friends’ house this afternoon to have food. He said he wanted to sleep and went to a room and locked himself inside,” a police official said.