Chennai, Oct 10 () : Students of Infant Jesus Engineering College in Tuticorin city located in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu have hacked their Principal to death due to disciplinary action on them.
The three students were singled out by the Principal and repeatedly faced suspension and other disciplinary measures. The management is of the view that these students indulged in ragging the juniors in the hostel.
Sometime back, the college was the centre of protest by students who held demonstrations against the management. Their complaint was that it was charging excessive fees under various heads and those who complained were beaten up by thugs hired by the college.
Adverse comments were entered in the conduct record of the protesters. The no due certificate which is to be submitted for getting the hall ticket is given only after paying an extra amount. A petition by the protesting students was given to the District Collector.
The three accused were suspended recently by the principal, Dr L.R.D. Suresh, whose dead body was found today. District SP has visited the spot and the body is sent for post-mortem.
A minority institution and affiliated to Anna University, the college takes a signed affidavit from the student and the parent seeking that they will be expelled or face penal action for ragging. Private engineering colleges and mostly those coming under the deemed category set their own rules and fees.
The public stated fees in the brochure is much less than what is taken from the students at the time of joining. Most of these colleges located on the outskirts of the city have the local police station and the thugs under their control. They are unleashed on those students who form groups and take on the management.
An institution run by a former aide of Late MGR is known for the authoritarian way of management. The situation reached a flash point with irate hostellers breaking up computers and taking on the goondas who were hired as security guards.
Recently, the release of Vijay-starrer Thalaivaa was blocked after a letter written under the banner of ‘Students against Oppression’ was sent to theatres saying that bombs might go off, if released. The reason being that the film was bought by Vendhar Movies whose proprietor is close to Pachamuthu, owner of SRM group.