Representatives of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on Saturday apologised for the attack on a news photographer and assured the withdrawal of the case against him which pressed charges of harassment.
On Tuesday evening, The New Indian Express photographer Albin Mathew was assaulted by an IIT-M professor and security guards on the campus after Mr. Mathew had taken photographs of a ladies hostel building where a student committed suicide. Mr. Mathew lodged a complaint and the Kotturpuram police registered a case and arrested three guards. A hostel warden then registered a complaint against the photographer.
Amidst a gathering of media persons at the police commissionerate in Egmore on Saturday in protest against the attack, N. Siva Prasad, registrar of IIT-M, read out an apology note on behalf of the institution.
Mr. Mathew will not be withdrawing his complaint.