Kannur University VC receives death threat from Maoists


Gopinath Ravindran | Photo: mathrubhumi.com

Kannur: Kannur university Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopinath Raveendran has received a letter in which a group claiming to be Maoist threatened to kill him. The letter in the name of ‘Kabani Dhalam’ was sent to the VC via post.

The letter warned the VC that his head will be chopped off and displayed on the university campus.

The letter raised sharp criticism against the VC over the appointment of Dr Priya Varghese in the associate professor post of the Malayalam Department. The VC was also warned against making illegal appointments.

It is learnt that the letter was posted on Thursday in the post box near Kannur civil station.

The officials at the VC’s office received the letter and confirmed that it was in the name of a Maoist group. Police have initiated an inquiry into the incident.

A few days back, Gopinath Raveendran’s reappointment as Kannur University triggered a controversy after the Kerala Governor alleged that the appointment was illegal. But the High Court upheld the Kerala government’s order as dismissing the allegations.

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