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Student suspected of faking robbery to shun exam

A Jiao Tong University student said he nearly drowned after being thrown into an icy creek from a bridge near the school's Minhang campus during a robbery this morning but police suspect the student was telling a lie to avoid an exam.

"My roommate was almost killed after he was robbed around 6am this morning," a student wrote on his microblog.

The victim allegedly said he was blanketed by someone and pushed over the bridge as he was walking toward his dorm this morning. He told his roommates that he struggled for nearly 30 minutes before he was able to get out the freezing waters.

He was later accompanied by a roommate to report the robbery to the police.

However, police told the Shanghai Daily that they decided to drop further investigation because they suspected the student was lying.

Police said the student might have reported the incident in order to avoid taking an exam today but they did not explain why they had come to that conclusion.


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