Tension prevailed at the Sri Venkateswara Polytechnic college in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati town, after the alleged suicide of a student resulted in massive protests. A large number of students stormed the premises of the institute on Thursday, shouting slogans and demanding justice, following which the local police had to be called in.
The students staged a sit-in, demanding that action be taken against the college principal and a particular lecturer. The students alleged that the deceased, 19-year-old Ashok who was in his final year, had asked the lecturer a question and insisted on an answer, which infuriated her.
Following this, the lecturer allegedly thrashed him and dragged him in the corridor to the principal's office, where Ashok was beaten again and expelled from the college and hostel for a short period.
The protesting students said that the incident left Ashok depressed and feeling humiliated and he jumped in front of a train on Wednesday night.
As the police identified the body and news of his death spread, many students organised and attacked the college, ransacking furniture and indulging in minor vandalism, breaking windows and notice boards.
Visuals of the protest show close to a hundred students raising slogans outside the principal's office even as a few police personnel can be seen pushing and shoving the protesters, to keep them at bay. The students later dispersed after an assurance by the police that strict action would be taken against those found guilty for Ashokâs death.
This is not the first such incident in the state as in July this year, tension prevailed at a private engineering college in Nunna near Vijayawada after the alleged suicide of a student led to protests, with students damaging a car and vandalising a few rooms of the institute in Andhra Pradesh.
The entire incident began after a student was reprimanded for reportedly being irregular to classes and was asked to call his parents. Students alleged that the college management had behaved rudely with the worried parents, who had visited the institute.
Those in need of counselling can contact the following numbers.
Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930
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