Visakhapatnam

Student’s death: protest at college turns violent

A group of students of Aditya College with the support of a few leaders and members of student organisations went on a rampage on Saturday at the college damaging glass panes and furniture, protesting the mysterious death of Priyanka Prasad.

It may be recalled that the second-year degree student, Priyanka, died under mysterious circumstances on Friday at the campus.

The students of the college and some of the leaders of the student organisations alleged that Priyanka complained of dizziness and weakness, but three lecturers of the college taunted her by saying that she was finding an excuse to get out of the college to meet a friend.

After some time, she fell unconscious and even then the teachers did not shift her to a hospital. After about one hour delay, she was shifted to a hospital by her classmates but she was declared brought dead due to dehydration.

The issue erupted again on Saturday, when the students and the parents of the girl gathered at the college and started raising slogans against the administration demanding action against the faculty members and also compensation to the family members of the deceased. The protest took a violent turn soon after the management allegedly refused to pay the compensation of Rs.10 lakh.

Police intervene

As the situation turned violent, a team from the Dwaraka Police Station rushed to the spot and pacified the protestors.

However, SFI activist U.S.N. Raju said that the police were hand in glove with the management of the college and even threatened the students and the parents of the girl against lodging a complaint.

Speaking to The Hindu , Raju said that they would approach City Police Chief Amit Garg and brief him about the incident.

On the other hand, Inspector of Dwaraka Police Station A. Shanmukha Rao said that he had called parents of the girl, college management and the student leaders to the police station in the morning and told them to lodge complaints if they have any.

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