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Jaipur: In a tragic incident, a college student, belonging to the Dalit community, allegedly ended his life by jumping in front of a moving train in Rajasthan.  Police have recovered the student’s suicide note, wherein he accused five of his classmates of pushing him to take the extreme step by harassing him.

The deceased was identified as Pradeep Meghwal, a resident of Karkedi village in Nagaur district. He was studying BSc (Agriculture) at a constituent college of Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University (SKRAU). On Wednesday night, he killed himself by jumping in front of a moving train near the campus of the university. In his final note, he alleged his five classmates — four boys and a girl – were harassing him.

Pradeep’s brother, Ranjeet Meghwal, has lodged a complaint with the Bichwal police, stating that his brother was being by Monika Chaudhary, Rajkumar Bijaraniya, Shishpal Jewaliya, Ravindra Froda and Gagan Abhijeet Singh. The five were harassing Pradeep over his Dalit identity and his bond with Monika earlier, the complainant stated, according to a report by The Times of India.

The complainant further stated that Pradeep narrated his ordeal to his family members when he visited them last month. He even tried to end his life on August 18. He was consoled and sent back to his college by his family members, who told him to concentrate on his studies.

Speaking to TOI, the complainant said that later, the college authorities were apprised of the matter. A complaint was submitted to the college authorities, following which a committee was set up to conduct an investigation. A fine of Rs 4,000 was slapped on the accused and the complaint was closed.

“The group assured the committee not to harass Pradeep again but in reality kept harassing him… I am a Dalit and the accused are influential persons of higher caste. I am afraid that the police will not take any lawful action. The accused are still at large,” the TOI report quoted Ranjeet as saying.

The report stated police have not started investigations into the case. Meanwhile, SKRAU’s acting VC PS Shekhawat said the university was not apprised of the issue, adding that it was sorted out at the college level.

This story first appeared on timesnownews.com