Kathir College of Engineering suicide: Hunt on for principal, 4 officials of college

The suicide of 22-year-old Vignesh, a third year civil engineering student of the Kathir College of Engineering

The suicide of 22-year-old Vignesh, a third year civil engineering student of the Kathir College of Engineering

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Coimbatore: Two days after the suicide of a student of Kathir College of Engineering run by former AIADMK Minister K.A.Sengottaiyan’s son, the Coimbatore rural police have launched a search for the principal and four other officials of the college.

The Coimbatore Superintendent of Police, R.V. Ramya Bharathi told, “Our priority is to find out whether it’s a suicide or if there was any foul play.  We need to interrogate the college CEO, Principal, cashier and two wardens who are absconding. Until we arrest them, we cannot say whether it was a suicide or if there was a foul play. “

If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment, the SP added. The Sulur police have booked the college CEO Duraisamy, principal Moorthy, cashier Vellayutham, hostel wardens Prakash and Yeshotharan under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide).

Search is on to nab the five absconding college officials. The Kathir College of Engineering is run by former AIADMK minister and present Gobichettipalayam MLA, K.A.Sengottaiyan, E.S.Kathir and his wife, Lavanya Kathir.

The suicide of 22-year-old Vignesh, a third year civil engineering student of the Kathir College of Engineering, triggered violent protests by the college students who damaged the tables and chairs in the college canteen and staged demonstrations in front of the Collectorate, Government hospital and on the arterial Avinashi road. The police pacified the protesting students, promising a fair probe and swift action in the case.

The suicide of 22-year-old Vignesh, a third year civil engineering student of the Kathir College of Engineering
The suicide of 22-year-old Vignesh, a third year civil engineering student of the Kathir College of Engineering

The alleged suicide note left behind Vignesh, son of a CRPF woman constable and a native of Kallakuruchi in Villupuram district, put the college management in trouble.

According to the note, Vignesh was forced to give in writing by the college officials that he had come drunk to the college hostel and indulged in a fight with college mates. In the suicide note, Vignesh said that he had been actually targetted for raising queries about the lack of facilities in the hostel.

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