In a recent incident, an IIT graduate attacked two policemen at a gate of the famous Gorakhnath temple with sharp weapons and tried to enter the campus before forcibly entering. The 2015 batch IIT Bombay chemical engineer accused is not the only IITian who has put the institute to shame.
In the past, there have been several cases where IIT students have been involved in crimes ranging from scuffles and threats of sexual harassment. Here is a list of some ill-known cases.
IIT Hyderabad graduate threatens to rape Virat Kohli’s daughter
After the Indian cricket team’s defeat to Pakistan during the T20 World Cup 2021, a youth who made rape threats targeting Virat Kohli’s then newborn daughter is a graduate of IIT Hyderabad. Ram Nagesh Srinivas Akubathini, 24, has a history of online trolling using multiple identities, police said. Ram Nagesh, a class 10 topper, reportedly ranked 2367 in IIT-JEE or the entrance exam.
When his tweet screenshot went viral and the police in Mumbai and Delhi were flagged, Ram Nagesh reportedly changed his Twitter handle (@ramanheist) and pretended to be a Pakistani user @cricrazyygirl. But his handle was tracked by fact-check websites. At the time of the incident, he had quit his job at a food delivery app in Bengaluru and was preparing for a master’s degree in the US.
IIT Guwahati student assaults senior, acquitted for being ‘talented’
On March 28, 2021, a graduate student at IIT-Guwahati alleged sexual harassment by a senior of the institute. The incident came to light when the victim was found unconscious outside her hostel. As reported by The Indian Express, accused Utsav Kadam had “tempted” the victim to talk about her role and responsibility at a college club on the night of March 28.
According to other media reports, the victim was first “forcibly sedated” and then the 21-year-old accused used violence on her and allegedly raped her. Later, a senior doctor at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital had termed it as a “serious case of sexual harassment”.
The matter attracted a lot of media attention especially after the Gauhati High Court granted bail to the accused. The court said that there was a “clear prima facie case” against the accused, adding that both the victim and the accused were “talented students” and “future assets of the state”. However, IIT-Guwahati soon expelled the accused, observing that “it was necessary to give exemplary punishment to the offender”.
IIT Kharagpur Cyber Bullied School Girls
In another case, 19-year-old IIT-Kharagpur student Mahaveer Kumar was arrested in October 2021 after allegedly stalking girl students and teachers of a reputed Delhi school. The accused also uploaded the morphed pictures of the victim on social media.
Mahavir, a resident of Patna, was doing B.Tech, when he started cyber stalking. According to the police, since the accused had good knowledge of apps and technology, he used to hack online classes and join the school’s WhatsApp group, from where he got the IDs and contact numbers of the victims. Police say he also created fake profiles of minors on Instagram and the number of minors and teachers harassed by them is around 50.
Five dead IIT Madras alumnus
M Nagendra Reddy (30), a 2002 batch IIT Madras graduate, has been involved in five murders including one in London and was murdered in Bangalore in February 2011. According to media reports, the accused had committed his first murder to impress. A female friend murdered her lover in London.
After returning to India, the accused killed Rajesh, a childhood friend of his, while another friend of the accused claimed that Rajesh misbehaved with his sister.
The IIT graduate then killed a prison guard while escaping from police custody. Police suspect that the last two murders were over money. Apart from murders, Reddy was also involved in dacoity, theft and other cases. PI Balegowda (CCB), who led the firing along with KS Ashokan, said, “He died on the way to the hospital.”
IIT students run fake government scheme
An IIT postgraduate of the 2019 batch was arrested in June 2019 after running a fake website with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and duping people in the name of ‘free laptops on the occasion of re-election of new government government scheme’. ,
Rakesh Jangid, 23, was arrested from his hometown Pundalota in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, police said. According to the police, “Rakesh admitted that he had created the website to earn advertising revenue from the increase in website traffic. He was aiming to capture the personal data of millions of gullible citizens, which could then be traded with various cybercriminals to defraud the victims and extort money from them under various pretexts,” News18 reports.