Villupuram students' suicides: Principal surrenders in Chennai, sent to judicial custody

Chennai/ Villupuram: Days after three girl students allegedly committed suicide, the head of their college on Monday surrendered in a court in the state capital and was arrested along with two others, including its principal. Vasuki Subramanian, head of the Kallakurichi-based naturopahty and yoga college, surrendered before a court here and was remanded to judicial custody, police said.

Villupuram students suicides: Principal surrenders in Chennai, sent to judicial custodyThree students of SVS Yoga Medical College at Kallakurichi near Villupuram in Tamil Nadu committed suicide Saturday evening accusing the administration of charging excess fees and “torture”, and blaming college chairman Vasuki Subramanian for their death.

“After questioning, we have arrested Kalanidhi (college principal) and Suvagur Varma, (adminstrator and son of Vasuki Subramanian) and they were produced before a court which remanded them to judicial custody,” a senior police official told reporters. He said the probe was still on and they were on the look out for some more persons in connection with the case.

The father of one of the girls, Tamilarasan, moved a petition on Monday in the Madras High Court, seeking a CB-CID inquiry and post-mortem in a state-run hospital in Chennai. He had also requested that a doctor of his choice be present during autopsy.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Dr P Arumugam told reporters, “we have not given affilation to the BNYS and BHMS courses of the Kallakurichi-based college for 2015-16 till date”.

On Saturday, three second-year girl students committed suicide alleging exorbitant fees and harassment by their college. The triple suicide snowballed into a major issue with political parties demanding tough action. The college was sealed on Sunday. Expressing suspicion on the manner of their deaths, the girls’ parents had filed complaints claiming that their daughters were murdered.

In the Madras High Court, meanwhile, Justice M M Sunderesh before whom Tamilarasan’s, (Monisha’s father) petition came up for hearing today, directed the registry to post it before another court dealing with petitions of a similar nature. DMDK chief and leader of Opposition, Vijayakanth, demanded a CBI inquriy into the matter.

The college has only courses which are BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences) and BHMS (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery).

Madras HC issues notice to TN govt

The Madras High Court on Monday issued notice to the Tamil Nadu government and ordered the preservation till January 27 of the body of T. Monisha, one of the three girl students who allegedly committed suicide.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa expressed grief over the suicides and announced a solatium of Rs.1 lakh to each of the bereaved families.

While police registered a case of suicide in the death of T. Monisha, A. Saranya and V. Priyanka, their parents alleged the students were murdered for protesting against the lack of basic facilities in the college.

The bodies were taken out of a well in a farm near the college on Saturday evening. Villupuram is around 170 km from Chennai.

"Without Tamilarasan's consent and despite his demand for a post-mortem in a hospital in Chennai, the police conducted the autopsy in Villupuram," his counsel R. Sankarasubbu told IANS.

He said the petition demanded the transfer of investigations from the Villupuram police to the CB-CID wing of Tamil Nadu Police and a second autopsy in a Chennai hospital.

"Our contention is that the district administration is helping the college management in the case," Sankarasubbu alleged.

Meanwhile, Dr M.G.R. Medical University vice chancellor S. Geethalakshmi told reporters that the college was not affiliated to the varsity. She said the college's recognition was cancelled a couple of years back.

Nearly four months ago, a few students of the college had allegedly attempted suicide in front of the Villupuram collectorate.


Links: Villupuram students' suicide letter

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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2016 04:20:29 IST

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