Death of student sparks campus riot

Published: 17th August 2013 09:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2013 09:51 AM   |  A+A-


Students of a private engineering college on Friday ransacked the college following the death of a third year student, who was killed in a road accident on Tuesday. They damaged the windshield of six college buses and destroyed the security room during the four-and-half-hour protest.

The administration of Kingston Engineering College had stopped operating buses to pick up and drop students from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh following the turmoil over the Telangana issue. The administration had instructed the students to make their own arrangements to reach the college and return home until normalcy was restored in the region. This had forced hundreds of students from various parts of Chittoor district to come to college on their two-wheelers, said the students.

Sravan Chowdry (21), a third-year student of BSc computer science of the college was killed in a road accident near Pullur when he was returning home from on Tuesday. Saisandh, also a third-year student, who was riding pillion, sustained grievous injuries.

“We immediately telephoned the college administration pleading for an ambulance to be arranged to transport the students to hospital. But the college authorities refused to arrange the vehicle. Sravan died on the spot,” said another angry student, who travelled from Chittoor.

Holding the college administration responsible for Sravan’s death, he added that the college management should give a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to Sravan’s parents. The students also demanded that the college administration bear the entire medical expenditure of Saisandh.

The students withdrew the protest around 1 pm after representatives of the college management assured that they would bear the medical expenditure of Saisandh, who was battling for life in CMC Hospital, and also promised to extend hostel facilities to students coming from Chittoor until the situation in the region became normal.

The students said, the college management had told them a final decision on compensation for Sravan’s death would be taken after consulting the chairman of the college on Monday.


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