Dr Ambedkar arts college at Vyasarpadi resembled a war zone on Monday with broken windowpanes, damaged vehicles and bricks scattered all over the campus as a group of students resorted to violence.
The students boycotted their semester exams protesting against the college’s decision to deny 15 students permission to write the examination due to lack of attendance. The agitating students also demanded action against college principal M.B. Chandrasekaran and the college authorities following the suicide of a 21-year-old BBA student, Ilayaraja, on March 10, after he was reportedly denied the hall ticket for his semester exams on the same grounds.
Some of the students also slit their wrists and splashed blood on the walls to register their protest. Following this, the police detained over 100 students and Ilayaraja’s father Dhanapal, mother and three relatives.
Trouble arose when a group of 25 students raised slogans against the college authorities, holding them responsible for the death of their classmate Ilayaraja of Kattankulathur Kuppam, Pandiyanallur, Sholavaram, on March 10. He committed suicide by consuming poison at his home after he was denied the hall ticket for the exams beginning Monday.
The day after his death, the students had protested outside the college premises demanding compensation.
On Monday, protesting students ran inside the college premises and started damaging the furniture and vehicles of the professors. They also pelted stones on the windowpanes as the professors ran for cover and hid inside the classrooms. They also prevented the girl students from writing their exams.
A professor of the college claimed that Ilayaraja never turned up for class in the past 10 months. “The student had only 15-20 per cent attendance and the college authorities brought it to 30 per cent. Students should have at least 75 per cent attendance to write their exams,” an official said.
Later, Students Federation of India activists staged a road roko.