In a shocking incident, four Kerala students were brutally beaten up by security staff at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh.
The incident occurred on 10th March 2023, when the students were descending from the water tank near the main gate, where they had gone to click some pictures, a student said to Maktoob.
The student who requested the anonymity said to Maktoob that the students were unaware that the area was restricted for students.
“There was no signboard indicating the restriction to enter the tank. However, some security staff approached them, asked for their details, and clicked their photos while descending from the tank. The students gave their details without fail and walked towards the boy’s hostel where they were residing,” he said.
“Suddenly, a security vehicle approached them, and the security staff started to shout and beat the students without any provocation,” he said.
The victims, Nasheel KT, Abhishek R, Adnan, and Adil Rashif, were shocked and helpless because they had never expected such a brutal attack from the security side.
The students suffered injuries and were admitted to the district hospital in Anuppur.
“It is not the first time that such a heinous attack has happened against Kerala students in IGNTU. The administration of IGNTU has always pressurized Kerala students to compromise the issues in different ways because they were calling out the administrative and academic fallouts going on in IGNTU,” the student said.
The incident has sparked outrage among the student community and civil society.
The Kerala Fraternity, a student collective in the campus, has demanded strict action against the culprits and adequate compensation for the victims.
The IGNTU administration has yet to release a statement regarding the incident.
“It is high time that the authorities take strict action to ensure the safety and security of students on campus. Such incidents of violence against students cannot be tolerated, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” the Kerala Fraternity said.