A fourth year engineering student was found dead in an empty plot beside her hostel early on Tuesday morning in Maisammaguda area of Petbasheerabad police limits on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The incident came to light as the inmates of the hostel and other locals alerted the police, who also dispatched a CLUES team to collect evidence from the scene.
Petbasheerabad Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ramalinga Raju, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Padmaja and other officials visited the spot.
According to police officials, the 22-year-old student hails from Miryalaguda in Nalgonda district, and was doing an engineering course in a private engineering college in Medchal.
A preliminary investigation suggested that the student was having "performance issues" with academics and was trying to clear the backlogs of last semester.
Ramesh S, Inspector and Station House Officer (SHO) of Petbasheerabad police station, told TNM, "The student was found dead in an empty plot right next to the hostel where she is residing. There are injuries on her body.
A case under Section 174 of the CrPC (Suspicious death) has been registered and investigation is underway."
He further added, "Based on preliminary investigation, we found out that the student was upset over her backlogs.
The investigation is still underway and we will find out if there are any other reasons behind the tragic death."
The police have not recovered any note and have spoken to a few friends of the 22-year-old.
The body has been shifted to the Gandhi Hospital for a postmortem and other formalities, before it would be handed over to the family of the student.