In an unfortunate incident, a girl student of the College of Engineering in Thiruvananthapuram was mowed down by a jeep driven by other students during Onam celebrations.
The third year civil engineering student was mowed down by the jeep that was part of a rally taken out by some students during Onam celebrations on Wednesday. The student hailing from Nilambur in Kerala is said to be critical and has been admitted to the KIMS hospital in the capital city.
The police have recovered the jeep from the campus and have filed case for attempt to murder against few students, all of whom are currently absconding. A student named Baiju has been named as the first accused as he was reportedly behind the wheel.
Many versions of same incident
According to the college Principal J David some hostel students went around the college in a jeep without permission. He told Asianet news that the girl student was part of the rally and was mowed down as there was a huge crowd around the jeep.
Police however say that college authorities were callous.
âThe incident happened around 4 pm, but the college informed the police only around 8.30 pm. When we asked the college why there was a delay in notifying the police, they said they were under the impression that it was not a serious incident. This behavior by the college was suspicious,â Sreekaryam sub-inspector K Biju told The News Minute.
The girlâs parents have told the police that jeep was overcrowded and the boys were under the influence of alcohol. They insist that it was no accident, but the girl was deliberately mowed down.
Some news reports suggest that the girl was behind the jeep and the âaccidentâ happened as they reversed the vehicle.
Though some reports suggest that the jeep was overcrowded, exclusive pictures released by Reporter TV shows a yellow jeep with around six people on the jeep, two of whom are seated in the front. In one of the pictures, more people can be seen on the vehicle, though it is unclear if the vehicle was in motion when the pictures were taken. A yellow mini lorry with many students on it can be seen just behind the jeep.