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Irate polytechnic students go on a rampage over suicide in campus

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TURN UPSIDE DOWN: The damaged furniture and computers at the laboratory.
TURN UPSIDE DOWN: The damaged furniture and computers at the laboratory.

Staff Reporter

Meritorious student ends life following harassment

RAMANATHAPURAM: Irate over the suicide of a meritorious student, who was allegedly harassed by a teacher, fellow students ransacked the property of the Muthalamman Polytechnic at Paramakudi near here on Tuesday. They also damaged some equipment of the Government Hospital protesting against the hospital staff for the undue delay in attending to the student, who was battling for life.

According to police, the Head of the Department of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering, V. Thangabharathy, was hostile towards a III year student, Kannan, son of Rajendran of Nehru Nagar. The student had expressed his displeasure over Mr. Thangabharathy asking another student to evaluate answer sheets. Ever since, he was reportedly harassing Kannan, a bright student.

He emerged successful in a campus interview conducted by a leading company recently. As asked by the recruiter, Kannan met the Principal S. Kamalanathan, Thangabharathy and another teacher, M. Prabhu, to get the appointment order. Instead of handing over the appointment order, it is alleged that they teased him.

An upset Kannan consumed poison in the campus itself on Tuesday. Fellow students rushed him to the nearby Government Hospital for treatment, where he died.

Following this, hundreds of students studying in the polytechnic ransacked computers, furniture, windowpanes, vehicles of teachers and other staff. They also beaten up some of the teachers.

The students staged a road roko demanding the arrest of the teachers concerned.

On information, several contingents of Armed Reserve and policemen led by the Superintendent of Police, R. Thirugnanam, were deployed on the polytechnic premises and brought the situation under control.

The police also found a suicide note of Kannan in which he narrated the sequence that led to the decision to end his life.

Three arrested

Mr. Thirugnanam said Kamalanathan, Thangabharathy and Prabhu were arrested on the charge of abetting suicide. Further enquiry is on.

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