A month after the 18-year-old’s death, five college officials have been slapped with criminal charges.

Jishnus death Nehru college officials to be pulled up for abetment of suicide
news #JusticeforJishnu Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:21

More than a month since 18-year-old Jishnu Pranoy, a first-year student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre, Thrissur, hung himself at his college hostel over alleged harassment at the hands of the college management, the investigating team has decided to slap a criminal case on five college officials.

According to The Times of India, the special investigating team headed by Irinjalakkuda ASP Kiran Narayanan will book five officials of the college on charges of abetment of suicide.

Confirming this to TOI, Thrissur Range IG Ajith Kumar said that the investigating officers would decide the number of persons against whom the criminal case would be slapped. According to local media reports are to be believed, five including the college Principal S Varadarajan, Vice Principal KN Sakthivel, faculty member Praveen and exam cell members Vipin and Vimal are likely to be charged.

Jishnu committed suicide after he was allegedly harassed by the college management, and accused of cheating in semester examinations.

Ever since Jishnu's death on January 6, his family and other students of the college have consistently been demanding that the college authorities be booked. The management initially safeguarded its officials, but later suspended Sakthivel, Praveen and the college Public Relations Officer Samjith after an internal inquiry found lapses on their part.

Even when the college re-opened last week after a month due to student protests, Jishnu's family - while speaking to TNM - had demanded that all the people responsible for Jishnu's death be charged with a criminal case and put behind bars.

Jishnu's uncle Sreejith echoed the same thoughts while speaking to TOI after learning about the latest development.

“It is pathetic that the police officers took more than a month to suspect the reason behind his suicide. But still, we don't know whether all the accused would be included in the case,“ Sreejith was quoted as saying.

 

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