Examination held for 315 medical seats in eight colleges
Violent scenes were witnessed at the MES Raja Residential School, Kalanthode near Chathamangalam in the district, where the entrance examination for admission to the member colleges of the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association (KPMCMA) was held on Friday amidst protest from different students’ organisations.
Two students, including T.P. Bineesh, State unit secretary of the SFI, and two police personnel were injured in the clash between the police and the protesting students that culminated in the police using lathi and tear-gas to chase away the protesters.
934 take exam
The entrance examination, however, was held under heavy police protection at the school. KPMCMA state secretary Anilkumar Vallil told The Hindu that as many as 934 out of 1,319 students who had applied for the entrance took the test.
According to him, the examination was held to the 315 medical seats in eight colleges under the association.
Different students’ organisations including the Kerala Students’ Union (KSU), All India Students Federation (AISF) and Students’ Islamic Organisation (SIO) had on Thursday threatened to disrupt the examination alleging malpractices including advance distribution of question papers by the private medical college management authorities to a section of the prospective candidates.
The agitation started on Friday morning when a group of around 35 KSU workers took out a march to the venue of the examination, the gate of which was blocked by the police since morning. The protesters, who entered the campus breaking through the police barricade, created disorder on the campus. They were soon arrested and removed by the police.
It was then the turn of SIO workers to take out a march to the venue of the examination. It was followed by a protest march taken out by the ABVP workers, who were also arrested by the police immediately.
The protest assumed a violent nature when the SFI led by Mr. Bineesh and the AISF workers headed by its State secretary K. Rajan appeared on the scene. At one point, the workers of the two Left wing students’ movement themselves appeared to clash with each other in an attempt to establish their supremacy. However, it soon snowballed into a joint battle against the blockading police personnel.
As the situation appeared to slip out of their hands, the police resorted to caning and throwing teargas shells at the protesters, who tried to take on the force throwing stones from different vantage points. Mr. Bineesh and a few others were injured during the violence. They were soon taken to the government hospital here.
The protesters were shortly arrested and removed by the police. A section of the SFI students then created a blockade at the Kalanthode town sitting on the road and shouting slogans against the police and the government.
In the meanwhile, the students who had turned up to attend the examination scheduled to take place at 2.30 p.m. from far-off places were seen sneaking into the school premises escorted by the police.