Protesting the arrest of P Krishnadas, the Chairman of Nehru Group of Institutions, all the self-financing professional colleges in Kerala went on a strike on Wednesday. All the colleges participating in the strike will remain closed on Wednesday, 22nd of March 2017. The Arts and Science colleges are also the active participants of the strike along with those offering professional courses.
Despite a pending anticipatory bail application in the court, Krishnadas was arrested by the Police on Monday. He was accused to have a connection with an assault on a student of Nehru Academy of Law, Lakkidi in Palakkad. Before this, Krishnadas was granted an anticipatory bail in the case related to the death of a first-year engineering student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre, Pampady, Jishnu Pranoy.
Addressing the issue, the working president of Kerala Private College Managements Consortium, Jory Mathai said, “The situation in Kerala is becoming adverse by the day. The state has become unsuitable for setting up self-financing colleges. Around 80 per cent of such colleges is on the verge of closure, because of the unfriendly atmosphere in the state,”.
There were four more people arrested on Monday. While Krishnadas remains the prime accused, legal advisor Suchitra, PRO Valsalakumar, physical education teacher Govidan kutty and professor Sukumaran are also accused in the case and charged with non-bailable offenses by the state police.
The protest appears ignited as the day takes its toll. It is yet to see how the state government and other authorities react to this move of the self-financing colleges.