Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Comrades come to blows

Comrades come to blows
Tuesday October 17 2006 09:19 IST

T’PURAM: University College and Government Sanskrit College, both SFI bastions, refuse to stay out of news. All for bad reasons.

The latest incident occurred on Monday. A group of SFI activists from the University College stormed into the Government Sanskrit College and attacked members of the red brigade there.

Three students were injured in the incident. They are Baiju, 22, Azarudeen, 19 and Bibin, 23. They have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital. Of them, Baiju had suffered serious head injuries.

A large contingent of police is posted at the Government Sanskrit College. The Cantonment police have registered cases in this connection.

Some attribute the attack to the group war in SFI. According to sources, University College is a stronghold of the group loyal to the official faction of CPM. Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was virtually running the show in the college for the last many years though he was not a student of the college.

On the other hand, the Government Sanskrit College is said to be a stronghold of the VS faction. However, the SFI leadership has refuted the theory. SFI district secretary Kiran Dev told this website’s newspaper that the issue was the fallout of personal rivalries.

The University College and Government Sanskrit College, which are situated on the opposite sides of the MG Road, have always hogged the headlines, though for wrong reasons.

During the tenure of the last UDF Government, the two colleges were the nerve centre of all the student agitations in the city. The agitations had often turned into street wars between the police and students.

Source: Newindpress.com


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