On January 8, a student of the College of Engineering and Research Centre Pampadi, Thrissur was found dead in the campus. According to the college, he had allegedly killed himself, after being pulled up for copying in the exam.
For the last three months, Jishnu’s parents and friends have been waging a battle against the Nehru College, accusing authorities of murdering Jishnu. Their cry for justice became shrill after blood stains were found in the college’s Vice Principal’s office. Tests proved that the Jishnu’s blood group matched with the stains. Now, Jishnu Pranoy’s mother Mahija, has approached the Supreme Court seeking to cancel the bail of Nehru college chairman P Krishnadas.
Mahija said in her plea submitted on Thursday that self- financing colleges in the state have become concentration camps. “It is a fact that most of the self-financing institutes are turning to concentration camps. It is a fact that there are “Idimuri” (Torture rooms) in the colleges in order to teach a lesson to young ones who raise their voices for their most genuine demands. ‘Torture rooms’ are meant for teaching lesson to those who questions. Police has traced out blood stains from the ‘Torture room’ i.e blood of the youth who joined the professional colleges to fulfill the lifetime dreams of them and their parents,” the petition said.
On March 8, Mahija, Jishnu’s father Asokan and his uncle Sreejith also met the state’s Chief Minister, requesting him to initiate steps to cancel the bail granted to Krishnadas by the Kerala High Court. The state government has also approached the Supreme Court with the same plea. “We have faith in the government and the petition it has submitted in the Supreme Court. But the counsel for the government could present only the merit of the case in the court. Our attempt is to expose the untoward practices in the self-financing colleges,” Sreejith told The News Minute.
“We have purposefully mentioned about the rooms used in colleges to assault students. Students who disagree with the management's policies are beaten. Shaheer Shoukathali, a student beaten by Krishnadas has revealed this. These self-financing colleges don’t aim to educate students, their objective is to make maximum amount of money in a short period,” he added.
Krishnadas was earlier granted bail in the case pertaining to the case of Jishnu’s death. However, on March 20, he was arrested for physically assaulting another student of the college Shaheer Shoukathali. On Thursday, he was granted bail by the High Court in that case too.