It was 10.30 am. Fifteen minutes earlier, Vivek was reading newspapers on the ground floor near the gate. He even wished good morning to hostel warden Rao, who passed by. Then Vivek approached the security guard Bipin and asked for the key to the third floor. He wanted to wash clothes.
Police said Vivek took the stairs to the third floor with two buckets of clothes. Bipin also confirmed that he had gone to the third floor and had a chat with Vivek.
Ten minutes after Bipin came downstairs, he heard a loud thud. When he went to investigate, he found Vivek had fallen from the terrace, which is on the fourth floor.
Bipin informed Rao and the hostel's medical attendant immediately. Two PG students also helped in taking Vivek to a nearby private hospital. There, doctors declared him brought dead.
Bipin said he wasn't sure when exactly Vivek went to the terrace. Vivek's cellphone, which was damaged badly, was lying next to him. According to students at the hostel, Vivek probably received a call while washing clothes, so he went to the terrace while answering the call. The phone may have slipped from his hand near the parapet, and he must have lost balance while trying to hold on to it.
But Purushotham said nobody actually saw what happened. "The phone is damaged. We are trying to get call details to ascertain the last caller and the time Vivek received it," he said.
HOSTELLERS CRY FOUL
The hostellers are complaining against the management. While some claimed Vivek committed suicide due to "problems at the hostel", others said nobody attended to Vivek for half-an-hour. But nobody has come forward to record or register any complaint in this regard.
Vivek's sister Rainy said it was an accident. She recently completed graduation at another college in Bangalore.
Chairman of New Horizon Group of Educational Institutes Mohan Maghnani said police are carrying out investigation.
Mobile sends student hurtling down
The phone slipped out of the teenager's hand and he sought to hold on to it with fatal consequences
K Ramanujam. Bangalore
An 18-year-old engineering student who was talking to a friend on his mobile phone, fell to death from the third floor of his hostel building as he was trying to catch hold of the phone which slipped out of his hand.