Udupi: Former MLA and Congress leader UR Sabhapathi died on Sunday morning after brief illness. He was 71. The former legislator is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Sabhapathi, who had been a Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat member from Udyavara in 1987, was simultaneously the chairman of the ZP Standing Committee for Education and the Youth Congress president from Dakshina Kannada (North).

In 1989, he contested the Karnataka Assembly elections as a rebel candidate on being refused the Congress ticket from Udupi constituency, but lost by a close margin to Manorama Madhwaraj.

Five years later, in 1994, however, Sabhapathi won the Assembly polls from Udupi, contesting as a candidate from the S Bangarappa-led Karnataka Congress Party. While he retained the seat in 1999, he was defeated by Raghupathi Bhat of the BJP in the 2004 elections.

Sabhapathi held several other posts in the Congress over the years.

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Bengaluru, Jun 10: A 20-year-old engineering student was found dead in his college hostel room here on Saturday in a suspected case of suicide, police said.

According to the police, Vivek was a fourth semester Electronics and Communication student at a private engineering college in the city. A native of Davangere, the youth did not respond to his roommates' cries to open the door.

"Today morning, he committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan while his other roommates went for breakfast," police said.

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Around 10 am, his roommates knocked the door but he did not open it. When the door was broken open, they saw him hanging from the fan, police added.

He was rushed to the government hospital at Yelahanka where he was declared dead on arrival.

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