September 8, 2016
The chairman of a private arts college in Kumbakonam, a professor and six students were injured in a group clash between students, triggering tension in the area.
All the seven have been admitted to government hospital in Kumbakonam.
A group of students, all members of Tamil Nadu Students Forum, staged a demonstration in front of the Annai College today demanding fulfillment of demands that included an appeal to the central government to abandon the new education policy. They raised slogans against the college management and demanded that it withdraw the case foisted against some of the forum members.
Trouble began when the office-bearers of the students forum reportedly prevented other students from entering the college. Subsequently, a quarrel broke out between the two groups. When Anwar Kabir, chairman of the college, arrived, the agitating students gheraoed him and raised slogans against him. Subsequently a clash broke out between the agitating students and the college students. They attacked each other.
In the melee, Anwar Kabir, professor Selvam, students Raphil, Anand and Arun of Annai College, and two polytechnic students Kannadasan and Prasad, both members of TN Students Forum, sustained injuries.
Based on complaints by the two groups, Kumbakonam Taluk Police have registered two separate cases. Further investigation is on.
Meanwhile, Anwar Kabir alleged that some organisations were attempting to instigate clash based on caste among the students and against the college management. “Some students belonging to TN Students Forum staged demonstration against the college management on August 19. They raised also slogans just to create trouble based on caste. Based on a complaint, police registered a case against them. Those students were suspended but later it was revoked keeping in mind their future,” he said.
“Some organisations are demanding lakhs of rupees from the college management on the garb of holding talks to resolve the issue. As we did not agree to their demands, they are instigating the students against the management.
We have also lodged a complaint with police,” he added.