The panel is unhappy with the lack of progress in the police investigation

Unhappy with the sluggish pace of investigation in the case of a medical student being set on fire in Kolar on Tuesday, a 10-member fact-finding committee of the Civil Liberties Committee, Andhra Pradesh (AP) is planning to ask its government to intervene.

The victim, Kameshwar Prasad, a final year student of Devaraj Urs Medical College at Tamaka on the outskirts of Kolar, is battling for life at St. John’s Medical College Hospital here.

Speaking to The Hindu when the committee was in Bangalore on Friday, Gaddam Lakshman, vice-president of the panel, said, “It is three days since the incident but there has been no breakthrough in the investigation. Also, as per University Grants Commission rules, the college was supposed to form its own committee for an in-house inquiry. Even this has not been done.”

“We will ask the AP government to request its counterpart in Karnataka to expedite the police investigation and provide financial assistance for the treatment of the victim,” Prof. Lakshman said.

Doctors on Friday said that the student has not shown any signs of improvement. It would take at least four days before the next course of treatment could be started.

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