Another brawl at University College as SFI activists fight each other

Another brawl at University College as SFI activists fight each other
Last month a minor altercation among students over singing of songs in the college canteen worsened into a full- blown campus fight leading to the stabbing of a student named Akhil.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly a month after the University College here became the scene of violence perpetrated by the activists of the Students' Federation of India (SFI), another brawl has been reported from its campus and again the usual suspects were behind it.

On Tuesday, classes were suspended by 3 pm after a skirmish among students.

As during last month's violence in which one student was stabbed as two SFI factions battled it out on the campus, this time too the members of the same students' union studying in the Chemistry and Islamic History departments were engaged in a duel as a dispute flared up as the Freshers' Day’ was being marked.

Reportedly, some Islamic History students tried to barge in as Chemistry students were holding the event. One of them even rode a bike onto the veranda near the classroom. This led to a scuffle, forcing teachers to intervene.

It is widely known 'Fresher’s Day’ celebrations have largely become ragging events at the college located in the heart of the Kerala's capital city.

The 'function' is often held behind closed doors in classrooms with windows covered with thick papers and teachers are kept away.

Rakhi issue ‘settled’

Meanwhile, SFI leaders at the college apologised to a girl after she was threatened for wearing 'rakhi' in college.

The girl has retracted her complaint, the principal told the staff council. Suspension of an SFI leader over this issue was also annulled.

The Education Department had suggested handing over the case to the police since a ragging angle was involved. But the principal merely referred it to an internal special investigation council.

Another row over SFI leaders threatening teachers of the Physics Department was also settled after the intervention of the CPM-affiliated teachers’ union.

Last month a minor altercation among students over singing of songs in the college canteen worsened into a full- blown campus fight leading to the stabbing of a student named Akhil. A few SFI leaders have been booked over the incident. The principal had blamed SFI activists for the mess then.

Earlier, a huge controversy had broken out when a first- year student attempted suicide allegedly fed up with the diktats of SFI's college unit members. The ambience of the college has vitiated so much so owing to SFI's hooliganism that 185 students left the college in the last five years after obtaining their transfer certificates.

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