Congress student activist in custody for attempted murder at Kochi’s Maharaja’s College

Police said Mohammad Ijlan, a third-year degree student, was held in connection with the hacking of SFI Maharaja's College unit secretary.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 19, 2024 | 2:36 PMUpdatedJan 19, 2024 | 2:36 PM

Maharaja's College

The police took an activist of the Kerala Students Union (KSU) into custody on Friday, 19 January, in connection with the attempted murder of a leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI) at Maharaja’s College in Kochi.

Police said Mohammad Ijlan, a third-year degree student, was held in connection with the hacking of SFI Maharaja’s College unit secretary Abdul Nasar PA on Wednesday night.

He is a member of the KSU, the students outfit of the Congress party, and one of over 14 accused in the case, police said.

Maharaja’s College was shut down indefinitely over the attack on Thursday.

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The attack

According to the FIR, Nasar was attacked inside the campus late on Wednesday night by activists of the KSU and Fraternity Movement, the students’ wing of the Welfare Party.

This was allegedly in response to the SFI leader’s protest against them regarding another incident inside the college.

A case was registered against 14 KSU and Fraternity activists and five other students in this regard, police said.

According to the FIR, the accused came with the intention of attacking and killing the victim.

“The accused threatened to kill Nasar after blocking him near the chemistry lab inside the campus and hacked him with a dagger all over the body multiple times,” it said.

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Assistant professor stabbed

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against a student of Maharajas College for allegedly stabbing an Assistant Professor inside the campus following an argument over the suspension of a fellow student, police said on Thursday.

Nizamuddin KM, working as an Assistant Professor with the Research Department of Arabic at Maharaja’s College, lodged a complaint with the police in Kochi alleging that he was stabbed by Mohammed Rashid with a knife on Wednesday.

According to the complainant, the accused had argued with him at the department over the suspension of another student.

In a fit of rage, the student stabbed him with a sharp object from behind.

(With PTI inputs)