Fathima death: Crime Branch issues summons to 3 IIT faculties; 2 students go on stir
Chennai/ New Delhi: The Crime Branch issued summons to 3 faculty members in connection with the death of Fathima Latheef at IIT Madras. Earlier, the 3 faculty members, including Professor Sudarshan Padmanabhan whom Fathima had mentioned in a note, were directed to appear before the investigation team by evening.
Meanwhile, 2 students have decided to hold an indefinite hunger strike demanding a preliminary probe into the death of Fathima. Post Graduate students who are doing their MA Justin Joseph and Azar Moideen will hold a hunger stir.
NK Premachandran has given a notice for adjournment motion in the Parliament. DMK has also called for a discussion on the matter in the Parliament.
Chintha Baar, a students union, have demanded a preliminary probe before the college authorities into the case. The students have informed the authorities that they will hold an indefinite fast if the college does not order an internal inquiry.
The Dean has informed the students that he can consider handing over the investigation of Fathima’s death to an external agency.
The students had blocked the Dean’s vehicle the other day and demanded he listen to their demands. The protest against the IIT authorities, who did not even show the basic courtesy of talking to the parents of Fathima, has intensified both inside and outside the campus.
The students body has also called for an inquiry into the previous deaths that happened inside the campus.