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Student politics: Government Law College in turmoil

The Government Law College witnessed a full-blown clash between activists of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and Kerala Students’ Union (KSU) on Tuesday that left a few students injured.

SFI unit secretary Jishnu S. Nath and five others were injured in the incident.

The incident is believed to be a fallout of the simmering tension the campus has been witnessing during the last few days with the rival organisations competing against each other to attract freshers to their fold.

The tension came to a head a day ago when the SFI questioned the KSU’s action of waylaying a first-year student that the former alleged was a case of ragging. However, the KSU maintained that they were merely interacting with freshers on the campus.

Argument led to clash

The argument had paved the way for a clash that resulted in four KSU workers, including the unit president Jithu, sustaining injuries. The Museum police had registered two separate cases against 12 activists in connection with the incident.

The violent scenes that the campus witnessed on Tuesday unfolded when a group of KSU workers barged into a SFI meeting, purportedly to wreak vengeance for the alleged attack a day ago. The KSU workers allegedly brought hockey sticks in a car that was later seized by the Museum police. Liquor bottles were also found in the car.

A large police posse led by Assistant Commissioner (Cantonment) Suneesh Babu D.S. rushed to the scene and brought the situation under control. While two students were taken into custody, many others managed to escape.

College Principal R. Biju Kumar said he had received a complaint from the first-year student who alleged that he was subjected to ragging. He, however, denied knowledge of what had led to the clashes.


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