Onlooker dies during Kerala Law Academy protests

In the melee, a 63-year-old onlooker, Abdul Jabbar, collapsed and died

Onlooker dies during Kerala Law Academy protests

In the midst of chaos that broke loose on Tuesday at the Kerala Law Academy in Thiruvananthapuram as two persons attempted suicide demanding the resignation of college principal Lekshmi Nair, a 63-year-old onlooker collapsed and died.

Students of the academy have been protesting for the past 27 days against the academy management.

A huge crowd had gathered on Tuesday evening on the main road leading to the academy after a student climbed to a tree and threatened to commit suicide if his demands were not met immediately.


He demanded that Lekshmi Nair -- whom the protesting students accuse of ill-treatment, and who has been charged under the SC/ST Atrocities Act -- should be arrested and her passport impounded. He also sought that the academy students' demands should be taken up at the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Thiruvananthapuram Sub Collector Divya Iyer assured the student that his demands would be taken up with the higher-ups.

As the student agreed to come down from his perch on the tree, chaos broke out and stones were pelted. In the melee, a 63-year-old onlooker, Abdul Jabbar, collapsed and died, according to a report in Business Standard.

Local Congress legislator K Muraleedharan, whose indefinite fast continued for the sixth day in support of the demands of the protesting students, said that Jabbar has become the first martyr of the ongoing protest.

The students wing of the RSS, the ABVP, has announced that its activists will march towards the state secretariat on Wednesday where the cabinet meeting is to take place, and demand that the state government intervene and settle the students' protests.