Shut down for exactly a month after an 18-year-old engineering student killed himself over alleged harassment by the management, Thrissur’s Nehru College of Engineering and Research is set to finally reopen.
According to local media reports, the college management informed students in writing about the decision to re-open.
The college has been shut ever since Jishnu’s death on January 6. Jishnu, a native of Nadapuram in Kozhikode, hung himself in the college hostel after he was allegedly harassed by authorities after being "caught" cheating in examination.
Jishnu's death had sparked widespread agitation, with student political bodies vandalising college property on several occasions. Following this, the college management suspended five of its officials.
Jishnu's family and other students of the college had accused the management of physically and mentally harassing Jishnu, and causing his death. His family had also filed a complaint with the state's Chief Minister demanding that a criminal case be registered against the guilty individuals.
Responding to the management decision, Jishnu's family said that they welcome the move to re-open the college, but demanded that further action be taken in the case.
"We do not want other students to suffer and we believe the students have to get back to the campus for them to be able to express their views. However, we are not satisfied with the management suspending some officials... they should be dismissed and a criminal case filed against them. They should be immediately arrested," Jishnu's maternal uncle Sreejith said.
Jishnu’s family members, and other residents of Nadapuram are set to hold a protest march to the college on February 13.