ANDHRA PRADESH

Soujanya case: parents fear closure of college

VISAKHAPATNAM, JULY 24. Threat of closure of Esskay College of Nursing is haunting the parents of students even as silence of the police in the Soujanya case has raised several doubts.

A section of panic-stricken parents at a press conference here on Saturday appealed to the authorities to ensure that the college was not closed, while another group squatted at the college in Madhavadhara seeking an explanation as to why Soujanya, a BSc (nursing) first year student, attempted suicide by jumping from the top floor of the building on July 19.

D. M. Subrahmanyam, Narayana Rao, D. Surisetty and other parents feared that the controversy and adverse media reports might lead to closure of the college. They said the parents wanted the authorities to conduct an impartial probe into the Soujanya case, take action if the management was found faulty and appoint qualified faculty.

No arrests made

Even after six days, the police have not arrested anyone. Even after removal of bloodstains by the college staff and the management's failure to inform the police, action is yet to be initiated against the management.

The police learnt about the suicide bid only after receiving the medico legal case report from a corporate hospital at 4 p.m. on Monday, according to the Fifth Town SI, S. Ramakrishna. A senior police officer told The Hindu that they would take action only after recording Soujanya's statement. However, doctors at the hospital where she was being treated said it would take a few more days for her depose before the police.

Stir threat

Meanwhile, several student and mass organisations have threatened to launch an agitation against the management's bid to coerce students and parents from revealing facts and the lenient view adopted by the police towards the management.

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