: Uneasy calm prevailed for the second day on Saturday on a private engineering college premises at Vellamadi near Rajakkamangalam after five students from Kerala were attacked by the seniors of a polytechnic college, run by the same management.

According to police sources, second year students — Praveen Chako, Mohammed Firuk, Saju, Basil Shihal and Vishnu from various parts of Kerala — who were staying in the hostel, were allegedly attacked by a group of second year polytechnic students staying in the same hostel with wooden logs and deadly weapons on Thursday midnight when they refused to give money as demanded by their seniors. The students, who sustained injuries, were admitted to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam the same day by their seniors. In this connection Vellichanthai police have registered a case.

However, a few persons from the college management are alleged to have visited the hospital the next day and asked them to get discharged or otherwise face the consequences. Fearing the consequences, all the students got discharge certificates from the hospital. All of them, except Praveen Chacko, are reportedly getting treatment in their native villages in Kerala.

In the meantime, Praveen Chako contacted his parents in Kerala and informed them about the attack. His uncle, Anil Varghese from Changanecherry, came to the hostel to enquired about the health of his nephew. However, he was shocked at seeing his nephew with severely damaged left eye with 13 stitches and wounds in the back.

Seeing no other way, he got him re-admitted to the Asaripallam hospital.

Anil Varghese also met the Superintendent of Police Pravesh Kumar and presented a petition. When contacted, a house surgeon treating Pravesh told The Hindu that the student was expected to get discharged after the doctor in-charge of the ward reported for duty on Sunday morning. When asked about his bleeding nose and the parents' willingness to take him to Kerala for further treatment he said that it was against medical advice. The student's uncle said that the district administration should intervene.

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