KOZHIKODE: Political fight between two groups of students in Calicut University took an ugly turn when one group shot off a mass petition, the content of which was allegedly changed after collecting signatures from over 600 students, to the Governor requesting his intervention in rising abuses against girl students inside the campus.
The whole issue came to light after the students who signed the mass petition came out in the open on Thursday saying that the group which owed allegiance to the Students Federation of India (SFI) had collected their signature showing a petition that highlighted poor infrastructure facilities in the college hostel.
However, the content of the petition was changed when it was sent to the Governor. The students had sent a fresh letter to the Governor clarifying the whole issue and how the content of the earlier mass petition was changed.
“The group of women activists of Students Federation of India (SFI) changed the content to target some students of Muslim Students Federation (MSF) who are studying at physical education department and with whom they had some issues,” said Nikhisha K P, a first-year MA student, who had signed the petition.
“The letter earlier signed by us was brought to us by four female members of the SFI. They said that we need to urgently send a petition to the Chancellor to improve the facilities of the hostel including safety measures.
Later they changed the content of the letter. We have never faced any harassment from the students of the physical education department,” Nikhisha added.
However, the SFI members said that they did not change the content of the petition.
“The petition given to the hostel inmates for collecting signatures was written in Malayalam. We later translated the same to English for sending it to the Chancellor.
“We did not change the content,” said SFI activist Krishnaveni, who is also a student of MA second year.