A 26-year-old research scholar of IIT Kanpur died of cardiac arrest on Monday, a college official said, even as students protested, alleging that he was given an injection at the institution's health centre which caused his death.

Alok Kumar Pandey, a PhD student of Material Science Programme, stayed in hostel number four, Dean of IIT Kanpur (Student Affairs) A R Harish said. In the afternoon, Pandey complained of severe chest and neck pain after which he was rushed to the health centre of the institution from where he was referred to a heart institute.

A building at IIT Kanpur | Source: PTI

He, however, died on his way to the hospital. After the news of Pandey's death spread, students of his hostel protested, alleging that he was given an injection at the institution's health centre which caused his death. The students demanded to lodge an FIR against the IIT-Kanpur medical officer Dr Shailendra Kishore, reports The Times of India.

When asked about the students' allegation, Harish said he has no knowledge about any such allegation but as per the initial information, Pandey died of heart attack. The Dean said the family members of the deceased have been informed.

Pandey, who belonged to Ghazipur district in Uttar Pradesh, was pursuing PhD in materials science.

(With inputs from PTI)

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