Friends,family fail to understand reason for IITG student’s suicide

‘Not only Physics…bt also Philosophy. Free frm bounded feelings… What will be the next station?? :)’

This was the status message of 22-year-old Sarkar Intekhab Alam, a post-graduate student at IIT Guwahati, who allegedly committed suicide. 

He was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room late on Friday night. A suicide note found by the police said that no one was responsible for his death.

Intekhab was pursuing a post-graduate degree in Physics at IIT Guwahati. He was a photography enthusiast and also an avid reader of philosophy. A graduate in Physics from Jadavpur University, he hailed from a small town in West Bengal, Behrampore; it was Intekhab’s dream to pursue higher studies from the IIT. “He was extremely passionate about Physics. He wanted to pursue his post-graduation from IIT, and his dream was fulfilled when he made it to IIT Guwahati. He never showed any signs of academic pressure. We are still in a state shock,” said his cousin sister, who is also pursuing an engineering degree. The family is bereaved and yet to come to terms with news of his untimely death.  

He was supposed to appear for the first exam of the second semester from Saturday. The police are suspecting exam pressure, but his friends think otherwise.  

“He seemed completely fine. He was good at his studies and had a good CGPA in the first semester. He didn’t appear to be stressed or under exam pressure so much and so to commit suicide,” said a friend. He also stated that he was always interested in philosophy and life. “I cannot understand what made him take such a drastic step,” he added.

His interest in photography is evident from the album uploaded on a social media site. “He loved capturing nature. His pictures of the campus were beautiful.” said another classmate.

A few pictures captured by Intekhab