The cremation of Vishalkumar, 19, who was stabbed to death, allegedly by activists of the Campus Front of India (CFI) in a clash between the supporters of CFI and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), at the Chengannur Christian College on Monday, was held at his house in Kotta, near Aranmula, on Wednesday.
Vishal, who was the Chengannur area karyavahak of the ABVP, died at the Kottayam Medical College hospital in the wee hours of Tuesday. The body, which had been kept in a private hospital mortuary at Mulakkuzha, was brought to his home by noon. His parents, Venugopal and Sathi, who are settled in England, reached home on Wednesday morning.
Local people and BJP-ABVP activists paid their last respects to Vishalkumar. BJP state president V Muraleedharan, general secretary A N Radhakrishnan, ABVP national secretary N Ravikumar, and MLAs Sivadasan Nair and P C Vishnunath were among those who paid tributes.
Meanwhile, Chengannur DySP Baby Charles said that nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident.
He, however, said that that three CFI activists had been taken into custody for questioning. ABVP activists Vishnuprasad, 19, hailing from Venmani, near Chengannur and Sreejith, 20, of Mundankavu, Chengannur, who suffered injuries in the attack, are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Mulakkuzha.
ABVP state secretary M Anish Kumar has announced an education strike in the state on Thursday in protest against the murder of Vishal.