Kerala Central University: Suspended over ‘filthy’ message, student attempts suicide -
Kerala Central University: Suspended over ‘filthy’ message, student attempts suicide
Posted 10 Oct 2018 03:55 PM

A second-year postgraduate student of the Central University of Kerala, Kasargod, was admitted to the district hospital on Tuesday after an alleged suicide attempt over his suspension from the institution. His condition is said to be stable.

Akhil Thazhath, a second-year student of MA in International Relations and Politics at the university, was suspended in June for posting on Facebook a “filthy” message on the university and its vice-chancellor, Prof G Gopa Kumar, among others, a top official said.

Anish Kumar T K, who handles media relations at the university, said, “The university executive council decided to take action against him after he refused to apologise.”

The suspension order stated that the student used “abusive and filthy words against the vice-chancellor, registrar and hostel warden in a public domain, which is… a serious misconduct”.

A unit of the Students Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the CPI(M), had protested at the university after Akhil’s suspension, but the executive council did not agree to their demands and issued a circular barring the student’s entry. A meeting held under the leadership of local MP P Karunakaran, of the CPI(M), also failed to find any result.

On Tuesday, the SFI renewed protests at the university.

In a circular, the vice-chancellor stated that academic activities will remain “suspended until further orders” due to the ongoing protests and siege of the administrative building by “a section of students and outsiders”.

University registrar Radhakrishnan said that he was “travelling” and would be able to respond only on Wednesday.

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