KERALA

Students seal bank branch, counter

KOCHI, JULY 24. Kerala Students' Union (KSU) activists today locked up and sealed the office of the Indian Overseas Bank at the Padma Junction on the MG Road in the city on Saturday in protest against reports that banks had denied education loan to the engineering student Rajani S. Anand, who committed suicide in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

Students, who came in a procession to the bank office at about noon, locked up the entrance to the bank and sealed it.

The police intervened and removed the protestors who began a dharna before the bank office soon after they had locked up the entrance.

Demand by AIBOC

Meanwhile, the All India Bank Officers' Confederation, Kerala State Committee, has demanded that those responsible for threatening bank employees and damaging bank offices in the wake of protests by students should be booked and stern action taken against them.

A press release from the Confederation said here today that there was a move to put banks in bad light after an engineering student, Rajani S. Anand, committed suicide. It appealed to everyone to desist from attacking bank employees on the basis of misunderstandings.

SBT counter closed

The payment counter set up by the State Bank of Travancore near the counselling hall of the Cochin University of Science and Technology was closed today following protests by activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI). They demand that the counter be closed was a mark of protest against reports that the IOB had denied education loan to Rajani.

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