Of all the scandals in India, those revolving around the Nehru College of Engineering and Research Center are quite dark. The college was established in 2002 and is located in Kerala India, in the Thrissur District. It was a self-financed college that used the college to make money. Students were threatened, fined, and beaten on a daily basis by college management. When the suicide of a student took place, it opened up the immense scandal going on across a number of these self-financed colleges. It was stated by the Kerala Chief Minister that some organizations opened colleges for the sheer purpose of profit. This made these colleges ripe for corruption.
Abuse and Illegal Fees Scandal
In January of 2017, Jishnu Pranoy was found hanging in the bathroom of his hostel. Jishnu was a science student, aged 18 years. It is believed that he committed suicide as a result of constant harassment by college management. This was a result of him being found cheating on a semester exam, which was later found to be a lie.
Jishnu's body had a number of torture marks. It was discovered that the college authorities had refused to bring Jishnu to the hospital for his injuries. Jishnu's suicide sparked a string of violent protests from the students. A number of students stepped forward to talk about the constant harassment that they faced in the college.
Reports revealed that students were assaulted in special torture rooms on the premises of the college. The college and media attempted to cover up the issue. Media reports only referred to the college as “a popular college” rather than give the name. This fact brought further outrage. It was Kairali People TV that finally revealed which college it was to the public. Jishnu's death brought many students together who spoke about their experiences at the college.
Investigation and Suspensions
Investigations discovered that college had lied about Jinshu being caught cheating. It was shown that no complaints regarding cheating were sent to the KTU investigation team. University rules state that any exam incidents be reported that same day. It was further discovered that the seat in which Jishnu sat on the day of the exam made it impossible for him to see any other student's papers. All of the students taking that exam have testified that Jishnu did not cheat or copy anyone's paper.
Students made allegations that it was Dr. N K Sakthivel, the Vice-principal, who physically assaulted Jishnu. Violent protesting led to the suspension of Sakthivel, Sanjith Viswanathan, the college's public relations officer, and teacher C. P. Praveen.
Why Was Jishnu Targeted?
Basically, they wanted to stop him from shedding light on their illegal actions. The investigation showed that those accused of Jishnu's death had it out for him because Jishnu had posted on social media about the illegal activities at the college. To punish him, Krishnadas and the others who were accused hatched a plan to accuse Jishnu of copying an exam. They even fabricated evidence to support their lie.
C.P. Praveen took part as the person who “caught” Jishnu cheating. Oddly enough, he claimed the student being cheated from was also named Jishnu. Both were taken to the Principal's office, but he refused to take part in the conspiracy, asking that both students be let go. However, only one of the students was let go, the other, Jishnu Pranoy, was taken to the vice principals office where he was mentally and physically tortured for 2 hours. All evidence of the conspiracy was destroyed by Krishna and PRO Sanjith.
When the five accused knew that their arrests were imminent, they went into hiding. So far, none of them have been found. This scandal has brought to light the criminal activities going on in a number of self-financed colleges and what corrupt people will do to keep things quiet.