Holi celebrations at the Government Law College, Barton Hill, Thiruvananathapuram on Monday turned violent and led to a clash, after a group of students objected and allegedly beat up the others who were taking part in it.
The clash occurred at around 3pm on Monday. Museum police registered a case against eight SFI activists based on a complaint lodged by Vishnu Unnithan, a final semester student. Vishnu alleged in his complaint that the students affiliated to the SFI began beating him and his friends while they were celebrating Holi.
â€śAs per the information we got, it was a factional feud in the SFI that resulted in the clash. The students who organised the celebration were SFI activists earlier, but later parted ways. The SFIâ€™s plan was to celebrate Holi tomorrow. The move of the other students to do so on March 13 provoked the SFI activists,â€ť said Sub Inspector Museum police station Sunil G.
Police maintained that only Vishnu got injured in the accident whereas some reports suggested that five students were injured. â€śVishnu was admitted to the Government Medical College and later discharged,â€ť the SI added.
Interestingly, the SFI also filed a complaint with the police saying that its members were beaten by a group of students. The police are yet to verify the complaint.
According to SFI Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Pradin Saj Krishna, the issue has been settled by talking with the students. â€śWe discussed the issue with all the students, from both the groups at the SFI office on Monday. It canâ€™t be termed as a political issue involving the SFI. It was a tiff between students,â€ť he told The News Minute.