Two days after the stabbing of a student at University College in Thiruvananthapuram by SFI activists, police finally arrested three students taking the total to four. One of those arrested earlier is an accused in another case.
Since the suspects are SFI leaders in the college and are reportedly getting support to be in hiding, police issued look out notices. The arrests today has come as a relief for the police who had been at the receiving end for failure to nab the culprits. Police are to conduct an extensive search in houses and also those of relatives of the culprits. Police have limitations as it was early this year that DCP Chaithra Teresa John was transferred after raiding a CPM office in Thiruvananthapuram on suspicion that a few wanted DYFI leaders were hiding there.
CPM leaders including politburo members Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and MA Baby visited the victim Akhil at the hospital and condemned the violence. Kodiyeri promised all support to the family and said police would do all to nab the accused and mete out punishment.
Akhil was stabbed by SFI activists for singing aloud on the campus. Following an altercation, the leaders stabbed Akhil on his chest. This led to widespread protests and students took out a procession through the town and raised slogans against the SFI college unit leaders.
The main accused in the case Sivaranjith is on the PSC rank list of those selected for the post of Civil Police Officers. There were allegations by Opposition parties that there was foul play and the Crime Branch is to look into the matter.