Abhimanyu, 20 year old BSc Chemistry student was murdered on the campus of Maharaja College in Kochi earlier this week; the incident has sent shockwaves through the state. He was a member of the Students Federation of India (SFI) which is the student wing of the ruling CPI (M).
Comrade Abimanyu, district committee member of SFI at Idukky, Kerala was hacked to death by NDF criminals inside the college premises few hours back. Comrade Abhimanyu was a 2nd year BSc Chemistry student.
Red Salute to Comrade Abhimanyu! pic.twitter.com/yWHOD9bQHR— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) July 2, 2018 The murder took place as SFI students and workers of the Campus Front of India (CFI), which is a student Wing of Popular Front of India (PFI), clashed inside the campus and Abhimanyu was stabbed late Sunday night. The incident began over an argument about sticking posters within the campus by the two groups. Police have detained three people in connection with the murder while an investigation is ongoing. An alumnus of Maharaja College writes in Manorama that political immaturity is behind campus violence –
“The unfortunate incident happened in a college which has made immense contributions to the intellectual and cultural spheres of Kerala. This was not the Maharaja’s I went to. That campus had room for every conflicting streams of thought”. The Kerala police have begun a crackdown on members across the state who are thought to be involved in the brutal murder. Given that the SFI is affiliated with the ruling CPI (M), they have political clout in the state. The CPI (M) has called the activities a model of Taliban attacks. In the wake of suspects being detained, the police stated that they would conduct raids on the homes of these suspects. The police indicated that the murder was done by professionals with a clear motive. post. They posted a story about a football tournament that was organized by the KSU where all student union groups were invited. They recalled that day saying in part, “We still cannot forget his smiles and laughter from that day”. The post continued, “We will tear down the organisations that are trying to create a communal divide inside the campus… Let us all unite for Abhimanyu and his dreams”.
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