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Suicide bid over ragging, four arrested in Kerala

  • Sherin, a first year civil engineering student, attempted a suicide 
  • SFI activists allegedly attacked the student for attending class on a day when they had called a strike
  • Authorities had shut down the college for indefinite period and asked students to vacate the hostel
Suicide bid over ragging four arrested in Kerala
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Kerala witnessed yet another protest on Thursday when Kerala Students Union (KSU), the youth wing of Congress, took out a march to Cochin University of Science and Technology, where an engineering student attempted suicide after he was allegedly ragged by the senior students. 

Protesters shouted slogans against ruling party and its students wing as it was alleged that the ragging was performed by Student Federation of India (SFI), the students wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist (CPM). The KSU activists staged a sit-in protest after police blocked them at the entrance. 

Muhammed Sherin, a first-year civil engineering student, who had attempted suicide by cutting the nerve of his wrist at the college hostel on 26 September is undergoing treatment at a private hospital, is said to be stable. The victim is reportedly a native of Kozhikode. 

Following the incident, college was shut down indefinitely and students were asked to vacate hostel. 

The student told the police, said that some senior students attached to SFI assaulted and threatened him for attending classes on 23 September when the SFI had called a strike. The first year student said that they targeted him for he refused to join SFI.

Sherin also said that though he had filed a complaint with the principal, he did not bother to inform the police but forwarded it to university authorities. 

The incident came to light only after Sherin attempted a suicide. Following this police arrested four senior students, all reportedly SFI activists. 

In a separate incident, police arrested two second year engineering students for attacking a third year student. 

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