A Pakistani-Hindu medical student was found dead in her hostel room at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) in Larkana on Monday, according to local media reports. Nimrita Chandani, a student at SMBBMU's Bibi Aseefa Dental College, was found inside her hostel room with a rope around her neck. The University officials confirmed the death of the young medical student and revealed that they had forced their way into her room as she was not answering their calls. Condolences poured in from people across Pakistan including celebrities and sports personalities, with 'Justice for Nimrita' trending on micro-blogging platform Twitter.
Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar said that he was extremely saddened to hear news about the suspicious death of Nimrita Chandani and took to Twitter to offer his condolences. Shoaib Akhtar hoped that justice was served to Nimrita Chandani and that the real culprits were caught. The 'Rawalpindi Express' said that his heart beats with every Pakistani irrespective of whiever faith they belonged to. Chandni's brother Dr Vishal, a medical consultant at Dow Medical College in Karachi, told the media that the marks around her neck suggested that she had not committed suicide. Read Shoaib Akhtar's tweet here:
A first information report (FIR) of the incident is yet to be registered. Chandani's family said they will lodge a complaint with the police once they receive a post-mortem examination report. Police have yet to issue a statement. Activist Kakoo Ram repeated the allegations of the deceased's uncle and said that Chandani was a social activist. He demanded that the Larkana administration look into the matter. The College's Vice Chancellor Aneela Attaur Rehman said the incident appeared to be one of suicide but the police and the medical team will be able to ascertain the actual cause of death after the postmortem. She said that SSP Larkana was investigating the mysterious incident and police had sealed the room, The News reported. She said that the mobile phone and other belongings of the deceased student, along with other evidence, were taken into custody by police for forensic analysis. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has ordered secretary universities and the board to furnish details of the incident and provide all kind of help to the parents of the girl, the report said.