A 42-year-old Associate Professor on Wednesday allegedly died by suicide at his office in the University of Jammu within minutes after he was placed under suspension over allegations of sexual harassment by some female students, the newspaper quoted the officials as having said.

According to reports, the deceased, Chander Shekhar, was a native of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. He was teaching at the university since 2007-08. He was married and had been staying with his family in official quarters on the campus.

Quoting JU’s Dean Students Welfare (DSW) Prof Prakash Anthal reports said that Shekhar was placed under suspension by a departmental inquiry committee looking into a complaint filed by some female students against him a few days ago.

“When Shekhar came to know about his suspension, he locked himself in a room around 4pm and was found hanging from the ceiling fan,” reports quoted Anthal as having said.

Top police officials said that prima facie it was a suicide and the body has been sent for postmortem to be done by a board of doctors.

“Police will be able to comment further only after the post-mortem report is in,” he said.