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Haritha John | The News Minute | November 17, 2014| 6.35 pm IST A city-wide social media campaign has started in Kerala seeking justice for Roji Roy, a student who reportedly died after falling from the 10th floor of the KIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The campaigners claim through their Facebook page named ‘Roji Roy’ that the 19-year-old nursing student, died under mysterious circumstances. In the beginning, some sections of media reported it as a clear case of suicide. Later, when social media took up the anguish of Roji’s visually and speech-impaired parents, the scenario changed.  Reports also suggested that Roji sounded happy and cheerful, while speaking to her relatives a little before her death.  “Police enquiry is satisfactory. But our protest was against media, which did not give any support to the case and just reported it as a routine suicide. Her parents are physically disabled, she was their only hope,” says an advocate Jahangeer, one of the coordinator of the campaign who spoke to The News Minute. But, a majority of the posts on Facebook were against KIMS and the media, saying that nobody raised their voice against the hospital since it is a huge “corporate establishment”. According to the hospital authorities, she committed suicide by jumping off the tenth floor of the hospital after her school principal sought an explanation from her over a complaint filed by a group of first-year students alleging that she had ragged them.  Jahangeer pointed out that the hospital authorities had cleared up blood stains from the incident before the police arrived at the location. However, the Medical college police which conducted the primary investigation in the case denied accusations about the clean-up. “As per the primary investigation, this was a clear case of suicide” the police said Despite this, social media campaigners campaigners staged protests in Kollam along with her parents seeking an in-depth probe in Roji’s death. “She had told her classmates that principal scolded her and asked to bring her parents. She was upset about this and also informed them that she is going to commit suicide. According to her friends though they had consoled her she was depressed and badly tensed “says Baiju K.E, Assistant Commissioner, Crime Detachment, who is presently in charge of Roji case. Accusations going around on social media also indicated that the principal left for the US on the day of the alleged suicide. However, both police and the management refuted the claims.  “Principal cancelled her preplanned trip to abroad because of this issue. We will be questioning her within two days,” Baiju said. “We did not find any mystery in the death of Roji yet. It is not a proper way to mix up emotions with facts. Our enquiry will be factual and authentic. The protestors argument are completely based on the emotions” he added
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