THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state police have decided to transfer the investigation into the death of Jishnu Pranoy, the 18-year old engineering student, who was found hanging in the bathroom of his college hostel the other day.
The order in this regard was issued late on Tuesday night by Thrissur range IG M R Ajithkumar. The case will be investigated by Biju K Stephen, DySP of district crime branch, Thrissur.
The death of Jishnu, a first-year Computer Science student at Nehru College of Engineering and Research at Pampady in Thrissur district, had triggered widespread protests across the state with allegations rife of harassment by the college authorities. The leaders of various political parties including Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala have been demanding a crime branch probe into the incident.
Several students have raised allegations of harrassment by the college authorities. Jishnu’s friends revealed that the invigilator had accused him of copying in the exam. Despite Jishnu pleading innocent, the authorities allegedly threatened to debar him.
HC orders police protection for colleges under Nehru Group
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the state police to provide adequate protection to the colleges under the Nehru Group of Institutions, including the Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre, Pambady, in Thrissur.
The directive comes in the wake of repeated attacks on the institutions following the alleged suicide of an engineering student. A Division Bench of the court directed the state police chief to provide police protection to students, teachers, staff, college chairman, other trustees and various properties of the institution.
The court issued the order on the petition filed by P Krishnadas, chairman of the Nehru Group of Institutions. An unruly mob of over 1,000 persons claiming to be members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) trespassed into the campus and vandalised the college. Despite giving prior intimation and warning to the police, adequate police protection was not granted. It led to the various acts of vandalism and disruptive behavior on the part of the students union activists, the petition stated.