Members of women’s hostel demand better security

The face-off between Calicut University Vice Chancellor (VC) M. Abdul Salam and the members of the university women’s hostel ended on Friday evening after a marathon gherao that lasted a full night and almost an entire day. The students ended their blockade of Dr. Salam after the intervention of high-level officials and mediations initiated by District Collector M.C. Mohandas on Friday evening. The university authorities described the student protest as politically motivated.

The students of the women’s hostel began their agitation on Thursday evening by laying a siege to the VC at the university administrative block. They demanded reduction in hostel fees, safety of those staying in the hostel, and a meeting with Dr. Salam. The VC, claiming that he had ordered safety measures and better facilities for the hostel, refused to meet the protesters. The students continued their agitation through the night. The protestors were arrested and removed to the Tenhipalam police station by a police team led by District Superintendent K. Sethuraman at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Students, teachers, and employees owing allegiance to the CPI(M) marched to the police station and staged a sit-in there, demanding the release of the girls. The girls were later released. The students, however, laid a siege to the Seminar Complex on campus, where Dr. Salam was inaugurating a function at 10.30 a.m. The deadlock came to end following discussions initiated by District Collector M.C. Mohandas. Registrar M.V. Joseph announced that all the demands raised by the students would be addressed soon.

  • Agitation began on Thursday evening

  • protestors arrested on morning, later released