THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The relatives of Thansi Basheer, who was badly hurt in an accident that occurred at the College of Engineering (CET), Thiruvananthapuram, premises lashed out at the college authorities who, according to them, were reluctant to report the incident to them or the police.
One of her relatives, Anil Rahman, said that they did not believe in the version provided by the college authorities that they had not believed the accident to be serious, initially. “Her legs and hands are fractured in the accident. Now, she is suffering from severe cerebral hemorrhage. Then, how could they suppose that it was a minor accident and failed to inform the girl’s parents?,” he asked.
Thasni was badly hurt after she was hit by the jeep laden by around 20 to 25 people during the Onam celebrations inside the college. It was learnt that the occupants of the jeep were drunk. “Even the principal and the students are giving contradictory views on the incidents. It was heard that there were around 20 people in the jeep. Accidents do happen and even if this was one, none of the students in the jeep helped the girl. It was other students who were not involved in the accident who came forward to take her to the hospital,” Rahman said.
“The college authorities took time to respond because they wanted to save the culprits,” Rahman alleged. “ When the accident happened, there were so many students. None of them could divulge the name of the student who was driving the jeep. It seemed as if they were scared to disclose the name,” Rahman said.
The use of vehicles inside the college compound was strictly forbidden. However, the jeep was being used on the campus for the past seven years. Advocate A M Rohith, state vice-president, KSU, alleged that most of them who used the jeep were supporters of the SFI.
“ Even the licence holder of the jeep supports the SFI. The SFI cannot wash its hands of the responsibility. The college is ruled by them,” he said.
Rohit alleged that the college hostel has become a haven for the miscreants. “There is huge circulation of drugs and alcohol here, especially inside the hostel. Many who have completed their courses still live in the hostel. Persons with criminal background frequent the hostel and college quite often,” he pointed out.
SFI state vice-president Pradhil Shaj Krishna dismissed every charge made against the SFI as baseless. “Those who are involved might be supporters of SFI. But they do not hold memberships. And we are against such incidents. The miscreants should be punished,” he said. The hospital authorities said that three brain surgeries have already been carried out on the student. “She is still in ventilator and her condition is critical,” they said.