Two major developments on Sunday afternoon gave strong indications that the ongoing stir by the family of Jishnu Pranoy demanding justice for the B.Tech student, who was allegedly tortured and killed by the management of Nehru College of Engineering, might end today on note of victory.


In the afternoon, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury contacted the relatives of Jishnu through some lawyers. Though the details of the conversation are yet to be known, the gesture by the top CPM leader was a great relief for the family members who are party supporters.


The news of the arrest of Saktivel, the vice principal of Nehru College, broke after 3 PM. He was arrested from a farm house at Kinvur near Coimbatore where he was hiding, as per reports. Saktivel, the third accused in the Jishnu death case.   


There are unconfirmed reports that Praveen, the fourth accused in the case, has also landed in police net.


The negotiations towards the resolution of the indefinite fast by Mahija, mother of Jishnu Pranoy, Avishna, sister of the deceased B.Tech student and other family members, gained momentum on Sunday afternoon after CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran visited the family at Medical College Thiruvananthapuram. Rajendran also talked to CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan from the hospital.


Shortly after that, Sitaram Yechury talked to the family. He assured them that the state government would take necessary steps to find a solution to their grievances. 


Sreejith, uncle of Jishnu, told Asianet News that the family is happy that the topmost leader of the CPM called them and listened to them. He expressed confidence that their demands would be met and justice would be done. "We thank the dutiful police officials who nabbed Sakthivel," he said.

Family of Jishnu Pranoy started protesting against the laxity of police as the accused in the case remained at large, even after a lapse of three months since the B.Tech student was found hanging in mysterious circumstances in his hostel room.


Jishnu's family has convened a press conference at 5.30 pm. It is expected that they would announce the end to the fast stir.