A few minutes before he ended his life, chemical engineering student Saikumar sent an SMS to his relative Naresh Yadav conveying his decision to end his life for the cause of Telangana.
Naresh Yadav, a civil engineering student of Osmania University, was in the class and his mobile was in silent mode when the SMS landed.
By the time he saw the message, it was too late.
Saikumar’s suicide note also reportedly contained the same message.
“Naresh Yadav was close to Saikumar. Last night, Saikumar slept in Yadav’s room after they returned from an outing,’’ Saikumar’s grief-stricken classmates, sitting in a corner of the Gandhi hospital, told Expresso. “Saikumar was self-dependent and used to give tuitions at the HMT Colony,” recalled his hostel mate K Hareesh.
Saikumar was also popular among his seniors and they too are yet to come to terms that their junior is no more.
“I saw him just a few minutes before his death. I was attending a lecture, and suddenly there was commotion in the corridor outside our class. I could not immediately make out what was happening. Later, on enquiring with a student, we came to know that Saikumar committed suicide. I can still recall his pleasant smile,” G Narasimha, a B.Tech (Chemical) final year student, said.
Immediately after the suicide, some students went to meet Vice- Chancellor T Tirupathi Rao. As he was not available, the agitating students approached Registrar YC Venudhar and picked up a heated argument.
Meanwhile, Saikumar’s father, M Lingayya, and other family members started off for Hyderabad from Nalgonda district soon after hearing the shocking news. It is, however, learnt that they were stopped by the police at Narketpally.
Sources said they were `counselled’ by the police to take the body directly to Kodada and not give in to the pressure of students to shift the body to OU.