Death of Keralite student from burns in March last

The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered issue of notice to the State government on a petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of P.M. Ajmal, who died of burns in a college hostel in March last year.

Justice S. Abdul Nazeer passed the order on a petition filed by P.M. Souda, mother of Ajmal, from Kerala.

The petition said Ajmal, who was a second semester student of the Academy of Aviation College, near Devanahalli, died of burns on March 30 last year.

Case of murder

The police had registered a case of murder based on Ajmal’s statement that he was set ablaze by three of his college mates.

However, the petitioner complained that the Chikkajala police, in their charge sheet filed recently, had charged the three accused – S. Sachin, Anuraj, and Solomon Santhosh – with abetting Ajmal to commit suicide instead of murder as indicated in the first information report. While one of the accused is a student of the same college, two others are former students.

While suspecting the veracity of the investigation carried out by the local police, the petitioner sought a probe by the CBI.

The court also ordered issue of notice to the CBI.