Activists of Student’s Federation of India, the student wing of CPI(M) have been accused of brutally attacking ABVP workers in Kerala’s Kollam region. As per a report published in Malayali news website “Manoramaonline”, one ABVP activist’s head was split open by a rock by SFI Activists inside the Kollam East Police Station, while around 50 policemen, including the Circle Inspector, looked on.
As per the report published on Thursday, a tense situation had prevailed in the region’s SN Law college since morning, due to SFI activists preventing the formation of an ABVP unit on campus. This resulted in the police arriving to solve the conflict. They too ended up getting attacked by SFI activists, which resulted in a hand injury to the East Kollam Circle inspector.
As a result of the violence, four SFI activists were taken to the Kollam East police station, after which their comrades raided the station premises to demand their release. Around this time, Ajith and another ABVP activist too arrived there to register a complaint regarding the campus violence.
The SFI activists saw the ABVP activists and promptly proceeded to attack them. This resulted in grave injuries to Ajith whose head was split open using a rock. Shockingly the police did nothing to stop the SFI activists from attacking the ABVP duo. The police even refused to provide a vehicle so that Ajith could be taken to the hospital. He was later taken to the hospital on an ABVP activist’s bike.
Incidentally, instances of SFI using violence to promote its goals is nothing new. It has been reported how SFI in Kerala has used force to prevent the entry of student unions belonging to other parties.
Besides this, once the Maharaja’s College in Kochi, was its principal’s chair getting burnt by SFI activists, who called it a “symbolic protest”. The police had also recovered weapons like bombs, machetes and iron rods from the college’s hostel room for which six students including SFI’s President, Secretary were sacked.
The practices of the SFI activists are so macabre that when the Principal of Victoria College in Palakkad retired in 2016, they constructed her grave on the campus and adorned it with a garland. They also placed a death note beside it, detailing the “charges” against her.
It has also been noted that the police has been known to remain a mere bystander when violence has been perpetrated by the leftists. This was seen during an attack on the BJP office in Trivandrum which carried out by CPM workers. The CCTV footage of the attack showed most of the policemen, who were tasked with the office’s security, choosing to remain mere bystanders.
With inputs from Ananth Krishna