New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) No evidence of racial bias has been found against MBA student Dana Sangma, who allegedly committed suicide at the Amity University in Haryana, officials of the university said here Friday.
“A five-member team of the university has conducted an internal inquiry. We have questioned a large number of students – including those present in the exam hall, but not a single evidence of racial bias could be found in the inquiry,” Amity Haryana’s deputy vice-chancellor Major General (retd.) B.S. Suhag said.
Dana Sangma, niece of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, committed suicide April 24 after being allegedly insulted by an exam invigilator. Students and Dana’s friends alleged that the 21-year-old was abused and insulted on racial grounds leading her to commit suicide.
“There is no bias on the basis of region, religion, nationality or caste. We don’t encourage it in any form,” Suhag added.
According to the university, Dana was found using a mobile phone during the exam. The invigilator on duty then took her to the examination controller.
“An invigilator saw Dana looking downwards. He saw her doing this repeatedly after which she was found using a mobile phone during the exam,” said Savita Mehta, vice-president, communications (media), Amity Group.
“It is well established rule and accepted fact that mobile phones cannot be taken inside examination halls. No abusive language was used by the invigilator,” Mehta added.
However, contrary to the university’s version, students say Dana was not only accused of cheating but the invigilator threatened ‘to destroy her career’.