Unable to pay off debt, Nishank Rathore committed suicide, says SIT
After Nishank Rathore, a 21-year college student’s body was found on the railway tracks, a special investigation team (SIT) was formed to probe into his death.
Nishank’s body was found cut into two pieces on railway tracks in the Barkedhi-Midghat area of Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen district on July 24.
After investigating the matter, SIT said on Friday that Nishank died by suicide due to indebtedness, and was not murdered as earlier suspected after he had sent a message about “insult to Prophet” to his father minutes before his death.
Nishank’s last mobile phone message, written in Hindi, to his father read that “sar tan se juda“. The message gave Nishank’s murder look like the recent killings in the country related to Prophet Mohammed row.
His mobile phone was lying near his body, no one had picked up the phone, probe officials found. The device was password-protected.
SIT said Nishank Rathore had taken loans from some people and also from at least 18 online instant loan apps, and was worried about repayment.
The SIT official said, “It was a suicide. On June 23, a day before the suicide, he had borrowed Rs.50,000 from his sister to pay his college fees, but did not actually pay the fees.”
He might have written the message mentioning “affront to Prophet” to win the support of Hindu nationalists by portraying himself as a martyr or to get the government’s help for his family, the official added.
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