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#JusticeforJishnu: Police action draws flak, DGP rushes to hospital as parties call hartal in TVPM tomorrow Police take away protesters seeking justice for Jishnu. Jayachandran B

Thiruvananthapuram: Condemning the police action on a bunch of peaceful protesters seeking justice for Jishnu Pranoy, an engineering student who was found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, the UDF has called a hartal in Kerala on Thursday. Malappuram that goes to polls on April 12 has been exempted.

The cops came under fire after relatives alleged that Jishnu's mother, Mahija, was assaulted during a standoff between both parties in front of the police headquarters (PHQ) in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Mahija complains of uneasiness, shifted to hospital

TV footage showed police personnel dragging away the protesters even as screams of help were heard. Jishnu's mother was also seen falling to the ground as police blocked the protesters at the PHQ. A couple of women cops raised her from the ground and moved her to a waiting police van. Mahija complained of uneasiness and was shifted to the hospital.

Read: Tension escalates: protesters swarm hospital where Mahija is admitted | Video

DGP was ready to meet Jishnu's mother, cops only discharged their duty: Pinarayi

Her relatives alleged that Mahija was assaulted by the cops. Jishnu's uncle said the police manhandled him, while Jishnu's father said the 'treatment was cruel.'

Jishnu's kin threatened to return to the PHQ if let off by the police. CPM veteran VS Achuthanandan waded in and called up Loknath Behera to flay the police action. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala too slammed the police, terming their action unacceptable.

Protest at hospital

The protest later played out at the Government Hospital, Peroorkada, as youth organizations swarmed the place with flags, airing vitriolic slogans.

  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters
  • Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

    The police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed unruly scenes as the family of Jishnu Pranoy, the engineering student found dead in his hostel room in Thrissur recently, was stopped from staging a protest. The tension escalated as youth organizations tried to stop the range IG and the DGP from visiting Jishnu's mother. Photo: B. Jayachandran

    Justice for Jishnu: standoff between police & protesters

The protesters tried to block the vehicle of director-general of police Loknath Behera who reached the hospital to meet Jishnu's mother Mahija, taken there after the melee at the PHQ. The police managed to shove away the flag-bearing protestors to let the DGP in. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the top cop to call on Mahija. Behera said he had sought a report and would respond after its receipt.

Ahead of this inspector-general of police, Thiruvananthapuram range, Manoj Abraham was also stopped by the protesters. He urged protesters to maintain peace and said that the police was ready to listen to the grievances of Jishnu's family and was only against the holding of the dharna in front of PHQ due to security reasons.

What irked Nehru college management: Jishnu's WhatsApp has the answer

Jishnu, a first-year student at the Nehru College of Engineering, in Pampady in Thrissur district, was found hanging in the bathroom of the hostel in January after the college authorities allegedly harassed him after he was allegedly caught copying in an examination.

Mahija alleged that police has failed to arrest the culprits even 3 months after the death of her son.

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