Tame end to stir as KSU ends hunger strike against campus violence

Tame end to stir as KSU ends hunger strike against campus violence


The indefinite hunger strike by Kerala Students Union (KSU) demanding an investigation into the SFI violence in Thiruvananthapuram University College ended in a tame manner after violent clashes between police and students on Monday.

The hunger strike, which entered the eighth day, was abruptly called off. While KSU called a statewide 'education hartal' on Tuesday against police violence, the Youth Congress said it would be taking over the agitation.

The indefinite hunger strike in front of the Secretariat was observed by KSU state president KM Abhijith and leaders Jasheer Pallivel, Nabeel Kallambalam and Jobin C Joy. They were later shifted to hospital.

The State Government ignored the strike and it was a pathetic situation of agitators demanding the Government invite them to talks. Earlier in the day, police resorted to water cannons, lathicharge and bursting of teargas shells and grenades to control Youth Congress workers protesting in support of agitating KSU activists.

The protest was against the stabbing of an SFI activist by the same organisation's leaders past week on a flimsy ground of singing loudly. There were charges that SFI controlled the campus. While some of the accused were arrested a few days later, a few are still absconding. Unwritten university answersheets were recovered from the house of one of the main accused who also topped the selection list of PSC for Civil Police Officers.

Youth Congress president Dean Kuriakose, MP, said the organisation would take over the protest from KSU and would be intensified across the State.