MG University protest: Student alleges CPM trying to sabotage the issue

Kottayam: PhD student Deepa P Mohan, who accused an MG University professor of caste discrimination, on Sunday said that the CPM is trying to sabotage the case. Nandakumar Kalarikkal, who was the director of the nanotechnology centre (IICUNN), was removed from his role on Saturday following her indefinite hunger strike. However, she claimed that minister V N Vasan intervened for Nandakumar and contacted the Vice-Chancellor of the university to settle the matter.

She also voiced her concern over the way the issue is handled and stated that Higher Education Minister R Bindhu was siding with the accused. She said in a Facebook post that she did not expect more from the minister since she is the wife of a CPM state leader. She also alleged that the CPM had subverted the findings of the university committee.

Earlier, Minister R Bindu had demanded that the student should be given the opportunity to continue her research. Nandakumar was removed as the director of the Centre following the intervention of the minister. The university had already accepted all other demands of the protestor. However, Deepa decided to continue the protest. She now wants to be shifted to the Department of Physics.

Deepa also lashed out at Governor Arif Mohammad Khan saying he didn’t visit her despite being present in Kottayam.

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