Manipal student tries to sneak girlfriend into hostel in suitcase

The Manipal Institute of Technology student was caught after the guard got suspicious of the bulging suitcase.

An engineering student from the Manipal Institute of Technology in Udupi, Karnataka was caught trying to sneak his girlfriend into his hostel by stuffing her in a large suitcase on Wednesday, February 2. The student was arrested after the guard became suspicious of the bulging suitcase and went on to investigate further. Luckily, the student stuffed in the suitcase was fine and didn’t need medical attention.

According to a report by Times of India (ToI), the guard asked the student why he was carrying such a large luggage and the student replied saying that it contained several things he had ordered online, which further heightened the Guardian’s suspicions. When the guard demanded to know what was in the bag, the student further tried to avoid him by saying that the goods were delicate. However, the guard refused to accept the explanation and demanded that the suitcase be opened, following which the other student was found.

Following the incident, a video of a girl stepping out of a suitcase after a security check went viral on social media. However, the video was not of the incident at the Manipal Institute of Technology. Speaking to the New Indian Express (TNIE), a spokesperson for the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) said the video was wrongly attributed to MAHE on social media and by several media organizations.

A source told TNIE that the two students resided at the Manipal campus. The boyfriend was an engineering student and the girlfriend was a business student residing in block 5 and block 13 respectively.

According to the ToI report, the students were suspended from the hostel and returned home.

The source further told TNIE that the hostel would not allow strangers when COVID-19 cases started to rise amidst the third wave and for this reason the boy came up with this ingenious plan as he wanted to spend time with his girlfriend.

After the incident, several memes popped up on social media. A Twitter user uploaded a photo of his suitcase with a puppy sitting in it and said, “He’s going to Manipal for college, clearly.”

Another Twitter user shared a video of a kid excited about a new suitcase and said, “She’s obsessed with suitcases, she’ll probably go to Manipal for college.”

Linda G. Ibarra