Syndicate members held hostage

Staff Reporter

TENHIPALAM: A group of students belonging to the Students Federation of India (SFI) barged into Calicut University Syndicate room and destroyed the furniture and glass paneshere on Thursday afternoon. The students held five Syndicate members hostage for over 90 minutes.

The police later removed 24 students from the Syndicate room. Cases were registered against five students.

They barged into the Syndicate room, where a joint meeting of Syndicate standing committees was being held.

The Syndicate members held hostage were P.K. Abdu Rabb, MLA; Fr. C.A. Thomas, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Thrissur; M.K. Preeta, lecturer, SNG College, Chelannur; K.P. Manoharan, lecturer, Government Arts and Science College, Kozhikode; and K.P. Venugopal, lecturer, Government Victoria College, Palakkad.

Vice-Chancellor Syed Iqbal Hasnain and Pro-Vice-Chancellor C. Gopinathan Pillai were away when the incident occurred.

The students were protesting against what they described as malpractice in the conduct of nursing examinations. They shouted slogans against the Syndicate members for abetting cribbing in nursing examinations.

The Syndicate members later told the students that no decision had been taken on the basis of an inquiry into the alleged copying by 16 students from Al-Shifa Nursing College, Perinthalmanna. The Syndicate sub-committee that investigated the irregularity had submitted its report to the standing committee. The students opened the door of the Syndicate room only after the university authorities assured them that no decision would be taken on the issue without discussion.

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