Jadavpur College Professional-Vice Chancellor Professor Samantak Das was discovered useless in his residence in south Kolkata on Wednesday, police mentioned.
The physique of the 57-year-old famend academician was discovered hanging from the ceiling, with a karate belt tied round his neck, in his Ranikuthi residence within the afternoon.
Das didn’t go to the college campus within the morning. When the varsity despatched a automotive to select him up for some work, his relations knocked on his closed room and when he didn’t reply, broke it open to seek out his physique hanging from the ceiling.
He was taken to a close-by state-run hospital, the place medical doctors declared him introduced useless.
“The physique has been despatched for autopsy examination, and additional investigation is underway,” an officer of Regent Park Police Station mentioned.
Das’s spouse had died by suicide a couple of years again.
He was a preferred trainer in Comparative Literature Division and headed it from 2007-09. He had joined the division in 2005, and had additionally helmed the College of Cultural Texts and Information.
His tenure because the pro-VC was scheduled to finish in September.
College students and school gathered on the campus to mourn the professor’s dying.
“The Jadavpur College household immediately misplaced one in every of its most vital functionaries who had been a distinguished face of the varsity. After I turned the JU vice-chancellor in 2015, Samantak Das was among the many few individuals who had made me very snug and helped me get accustomed to life on this college. His dying is a superb loss and has created a void that can’t be crammed,” VC Suranjan Das instructed PTI.
“We’re completely heartbroken on the premature demise of Professor Samantak Das he continues to relaxation in our hearts. We’ll miss you sir,” Arts School College students Union (AFSU) mentioned in a press release.
Jadavpur College Academics’ Affiliation president Partha Pratim Roy mentioned different professors are shattered by the information.
Bipasha Barua, one in every of his former college students, mentioned, “It looks like a private loss. He was the entire of JU for me…I’m speechless.