Express News Service
MANGALURU: A second PUC student of Milagres College in city has gone underground after he reportedly won a huge fortune for developing a software for a US-headquartered IT giant. It is said that Joswin D’Souza, who comes for a middle-class background, won Rs 215 crore and a job for developing a software for the IT giant with which security features of computers can be hacked.
Sources said ever since the news broke, Joswin started getting threat calls and requests for charity donations. Fearing risk to his life, he stopped attending the classes and has gone underground. On learning about his achievement from his friends, he was invited for INSPIRE Science camp organised by the University College and sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology, on November 27. However, he had to leave the camp on the same night as he was told that the place is not safe for him.
“He was supposed to stay until the camp is over on November 29. But he left on the same day night he joined. I was told that the police advised him not be there,” said Dr. Bharathi Prakash, HoD of Microbiology, University College. Bharathi said that Joswin had told her about the threats that he is receiving and was deeply worried about it.
Quoting him, she said Joswin has got a share of his price money. He was also felicitated for his achievement during the camp. Bharathi who had interviewed Joswin during the camp described him as very simple, humble, quiet and brilliant boy. She said the millionaire boy aspires to pursue his future studies in Astro Physics and developing software is his hobby. He has the habit of dismantling any kind of machine at home and re-assembling it for which he used to get pulled up by his parents. His father who was a security officer with United Nations and is currently under treatment in Mangaluru for some health complications.
Milagres College principal Fr Michael Santhumayor told TNIE that he was told that Joswin had received e-mails and phone calls about the cash prize but there is no sure whether it is true or not. However, he said that Joswin has not attended classes since last fortnight and phone calls made to him went unanswered. DCP (L&O) Hanumanthraya maintained that they have not received any requests for protection and will surely consider if they get it.