Akhil Thazhath, a second-year student of MA International Relations at Central University of Kerala who was expelled for his Facebook post, attempted suicide on Tuesday (9th Oct) morning. He is currently admitted at District medical college, Kanhangad and out of danger. Akhil was expelled by university authorities for his social media post targeting the administration. However, he had clarified that the post was fictional and was not aimed at the administration.
On September 18th, the VC had promised in a meeting with people’s representatives that the dismissal of Akhil would be reconsidered and the decision would be further checked by an executive council. However, the promise was not kept and the University came up with a notice which barred his entry to the campus. Akhil who joined as an integrated student at the CUK campus was worried that the university officials might not even release his bachelor’s certificate because of the post.
“He was at the campus to inquire about the status of his case. He was staying with some of the friends and was extremely depressed. The incident happened Tuesday (Oct 9th) morning where he was found to have slashed his wrist with a glass piece,” responded one of the students.
Following expulsion, Akhil wrote on his Facebook wall, “The University administration has committed a more violent and vengeful act than my dismissal. All of this points to the fact that we are facing a bunch of criminals protecting the status quo. Being unable to do the necessary, I want to say that I am also responsible for creating this status quo. With more love and comradeship, I want to continue my life through my struggles. I want to despise those who think that they have taught me a lesson. They are the real victims of history. Not me.”
Various students’ organizations have now called for an indefinite strike to protest against the administration. “Classes are suspended and we are sitting for an indefinite strike in front of the administration building,” says Sonu S, unit secretary of ASA. In his note, Akhil wrote that he could not convey the pain he endures and named Gopakumar (Vice-Chancellor), Radhakrishnan Nair(Registrar), K. Jayaprasad(Pro Vice-Chancellor) and Dr. Mohankumar for treating him unfairly.
CUK is infamous for its anti-student actions. Earlier, on June, 5 students were dismissed alleging misconduct from the University hostel. On August, a Dalit activist and Ph.D. scholar G. Nagaraju was arrested from the university premises for breaking a glass pane.