On his birthday, IITian dies of cardiac arrest in his hostel room

 CHENNAI: In a tragic incident, a third year B Tech student of IIT-Madras died in his hostel room in the wee hours of Sunday, allegedly of a sudden cardiac arrest after celebrating his birthday.

According to the police, M Ragavendra of Hyderabad celebrated his twentieth birthday in his room, number 417 of the Godavari hostel on the campus, cutting a cake in the presence of a few friends. His joy did not, however, last long. Just over an hour later, he swooned in his room. His friends panicked and rushed him to a nearby hospital after informing the hostel warden Selvam. Later, Ragavendra was taken to the government hospital in Royapettah where he was declared dead on arrival.

The hostel warden, Selvam, then informed Ragavendra’s parents about the incident before lodging a police complaint. The student’s body was handed over to his uncle Chandrasekar after conducting postmortem.

Chandrasekar, who works in an Andhra Bank branch in Hyderabad, flew down to the city and drove to government hospital in Royapettah. He burst into tears on seeing Ragavendra’s body in the morgue. He said: “I was informed by one of his roommates early today and I immediately rushed to Chennai. Ragavendra had been suffering from a respiratory illness for the past few years. Recently, when he came to his home town, he visited a hospital for his problem. We never expected his sudden death.” Ragavendra’s father Madhu works as an officer in the Food Corporation of India (FCI) while his younger brother is studying in a school in Hyderabad.

Ragavendra’s friend, Gopikrishna from Visakhapatnam, told TOI: “I am a fourth year B Tech student of IIT-M. I have known Ragavendra since he joined the college. He was a jovial and humorous guy. He was very intelligent too. I even planned to present a gift for his birthday. He cut the birthday cake in his hostel room around midnight in the presence of a few of us. Later, we all dispersed to our rooms. Around 1.30 am, we got the shocking news that Ragavendra had swooned in his room and was rushed to hospitale where he was declared dead.”

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