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Kerala: KSU protest on Engg student Jishnu’s suicide turns violent

The irate protesters broke the windowpanes of the office of the Kerala Self Financing Engineering Colleges' Managements Association at Kundanoor in Kochi and raised slogans against the association

A march organised by activists of the Kerala Students’ Union (KSU) to the office of the Kerala Self Financing Engineering Colleges’ Managements Association at Kundanoor in Kochi protesting against the death of Jishnu Pranoy, an engineering student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre at Pampadi, turned violent on Wednesday morning.

The irate protesters broke the windowpanes of the office and raised slogans against the association, The Hindu reported. Police later removed the activists.

Meanwhile, KSU and other student organizations like the Students Federation of India (SFI), held marches to the college in Thrissur alleging that mental torture by the college authorities led to the death of the student.

Kozhikode native Jishnu Pranoy (18), a first year computer science student, committed suicide at the college hostel on Friday evening after he was allegedly caught copying during examination and beaten up by the college authorities.

On Monday, a protest march by student organisations turned violent with protesters damaging the college building, forcing the police to lathicharge them.

The student organisations had alleged that students were subjected to severe mental and physical punishment by the college authorities even for trivial mistakes.

They had demanded investigation into the incident. The college management had denied the allegations stating that it were part of hidden agenda to tarnish the image of the college.

Cabinet offers Rs.10 lak to Jishnu’s family

Meanwhile, the Cabinet on Wednesday decided to offer Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Jishnu’s family.

It also decided to monitor all self-financing colleges in the state

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