The protest was called off after the police promised to launch an investigation into the alleged suicide of one of the students of the college.

Andhra engineering college vandalised after death of student triggers protests
news Protest Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 09:54

Tension prevailed at a private engineering college in Nunna near Vijayawada after the alleged suicide of a student led to protests on Monday, with students damaging a car and vandalising a few rooms of the institute in Andhra Pradesh. 

The entire incident began after the deceased, identified as Lava Kumar, was reprimanded for reportedly being irregular to classes and was asked to call his parents. 

On Sunday, Lava Kumar, who was sent back to his home at Jangareddygudem in the state's West Godavari district, hanged himself from the ceiling. 

Students alleged that the college management had behaved rudely to the worried parents, who had visited the institute. 

Many students sat on a protest and demanded justice until the police were called in to pacify the situation. 

The students called off the protest after the police assured them that a thorough investigation would be launched and the guilty would be punished. 

"The students were angry at the management for their attitude over the boy's death. The Chairman and Principal did not talk to us, but they have declared holidays for a week so that they can repair the damage that has been done and look into the allegations," one student told the local media.  

Speaking to reporters, the police said that the Principal's room and Correspondent's room were damaged

"The students said that they faced many problems from food to hostel accommodation. They claimed that they're squeezing 12 to 14 people in a room that can ideally fit six people. They said that water facility is also not up to the mark. They claimed that they were being targeted for raising even such small issues and threatening to send them out if they complain," a police official said.

"The management also assured that they would listen to the students’ demands. I also spoke to the parents of the deceased boy and they also spoke to the management. If the parents file a complaint, we will register a case. Further investigation is underway," he added.

 

Those in need of counselling can contact the following numbers. 

Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930 

Roshni - 

Helpline 1: 9166202000 

Helpline 2: 9127848584

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