Agitation in protest against the delay in providing medical help to a student by a college management; the student died
The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse students of a private engineering college who blocked the Mohanur Road Junction near the Namakkal Bus Stand on Tuesday morning.
The agitation was to protest against the alleged delay in taking one of the students staying in a hostel who fell sick. The student died at a private hospital early on Tuesday.
The police said that B. Saranraj (19) of Kanyakumari — a second year mechanical engineering student of King College of Technology — returned to the hostel on Monday afternoon as he suffered an epileptic attack. Students said that the college authorities arranged a vehicle to take him to hospital after about an hour. By the time the boy fainted.Holding the college management responsible for the death, friends of the student blocked to road at about 9am on Tuesday. Though the police told them action would be taken against the management, they did not disperse. Traffic along the road was affected for about an hour.Later, about 50 police personnel came to the spot and resorted to lathicharge.
Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal told The Hindu that a case was registered against the students who blocked the road under section 151 (preventive arrest) of the CrPC. “They were released later that day,” the official said.
“A preliminary inquiry revealed that the student was taken to a hospital soon after his illness was brought to the notice of the college management,” said Ms. Kannammal.
She said that some organisations were trying to instigate the students to resort to agitation.
This is the third agitation by students in the district in the last two months. The students petitioned the Revenue Division Officer of Namakkal Ajay Yadav to inquire the death of Saranraj.