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University student in the Andijan region died during the cotton harvest

According to the data available to Radio Ozodlik, the 20-years-old student Komiljon Asimov died on the evening of September 11 in the Ulugnor District, where he was sent to pick cotton together with other students from the Andijan State University.

The prosecutor of the Andijan region has launched an investigation in the case of the death of Komiljon Asimov who was a student of the Biology Faculty of the Andijan State University.

The university administration stated that the death was caused by a heart attack. Eyewitnesses however claim that the student died after being beaten by a classmate.

A third year student, who lived together with Komiljon in a rented house provided for cotton pickers at 12th borough in the Ulugnor District, said to Radio Ozodlik speaking on condition of anonymity, that Komiljon had been killed by one of his classmates.

Nevertheless, the management of the Andijan State University insists that Komiljon Asimov died not as a result of the beating but because he had suffered a heart attack.

“The doctors who examined the body have come to the conclusion that he died from a heart attack”, said an employee of the University administration, who wished to remain anonymous, to a reporter of Radio Ozodlik.

As it became known to Radio Ozodlik, the suspect in the death of Asimov Komiljon, a third-year-student at Andijan State University, was detained. He is currently being interrogated at the Ulugnor District Police Department. Law enforcement authorities the in Andijan region have confirmed this information.

On September 12, Komiljon Asimov’s body was handed over to his relatives in the Pahtabad district of the Andijan region. The young man was buried on the same day.

Every year during the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, dozens of people die, including college and university students.


Source: www.ozodlik.org

September 13, 2016