MANSEHRA/CHITRAL: A first-year scout was found hanging in his room at Pakistan Scout Cadet College’s hostel in Batrasi in the early hours on Wednesday, the police said.

“We have started an investigation to ascertain whether it is a suicide or murder,” DSP Arshad Khan told reporters.

The staff and officials of the cadet college informed the police they had shifted the body of Mohammad Tauseef to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital for autopsy.

The body was later handed over to family.

DSP Arshad Khan said FIR of the incident had been registered.

He said circumstantial evidence and statements of the family and the hostel staff were being recorded to ascertain what caused the death.

According to the college’s management, the student committed suicide by hanging himself with his uniform’s belt.

Meanwhile, a first-year student of a college reportedly died by suicide in Chitral on Wednesday morning.

City police station SHO Bulbul Hassan told Dawn that father of the deceased, hailing from Jughoor village, approached the police, complaining that a lady doctor in their neighbourood had called his son, Rashid Ahmed, to her house and allegedly intimidated him.

The SHO said as per the complaint, the boy remained tense throughout the night after returning from the lady doctor’s house and did not go to college on Wednesday, and later ended his life by hanging himself from ceiling fan hook.

The police officer said after postmortem, a case had been registered against the lady doctor under section 322 of Pakistan Penal Code. He said a team had been constituted to arrest her.

Earlier this week, a girls’ college student ended her life in the same village by jumping into a river from a bridge.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2023

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