Shraddha Satheesh, Students protesting in front of the college office | Photo: Mathrubhumi News
Kottayam: Tension escalated between students and police at Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kottayam, following the death of an Ernakulam native student Shraddha Satheesh inside the college hostel. The students allege that they were subjected to lathi-charge by the police. According to the students, they were confined within a college building, and the faculty threatened to deduct their internal marks.
Shraddha, a second-year food technology student, was found dead in her hostel room on June 2. She ended her life allegedly after college authorities seized her mobile phone and scolded her for using it inside college campus. Students have been protesting seeking justice since then.
In response to the protest, the college management decided to suspend classes and evacuate the students from the hostels. In reaction, the students intensified their demonstration, expressing their determination to remain in the hostels until their demands are met. They argue that the college's closure is an attempt to suppress their protest.
A meeting was conducted within the college premises, with representatives from the management, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members, teachers, and student representatives in attendance. The discussion was led by Dr N Jayaraj, MLA. The students insist on taking action against the hostel warden. As the protest gained momentum, the police increased security measures by locking all college gates.
Students claim that the police resorted to unprovoked assault. Dissatisfied with the lack of a positive resolution in the discussions involving the accused teachers, the students resumed their protests.