‘ Justice for Jishnu Pranoy’ Movements surging ahead in Kerala by AISEC and SUCI(C)

 

 

Highlights

The Government proved that its police force is for the killers and not for justice

This proved the self financing educational lobbies exerted tremendous influence on the government.

Our party SUCI(C), AIDSO as well as Save Education Committee rightly pointed out that Jishnu is the victim of self financing system and similar conditions  prevail in numerous other institutions also.

Police arrested Jishnu’s family, friends, comrades M.shajarkhan, S.Mini, S.Sreekumar and K.M.Shajahan, a social activist. Frightened because of the sudden arousal of public sentiments against the police action against a bereaved mother, police released the family members and admitted Mahija and her brother Sreejith at Medical college hospital. But the social activists including three of our comrades were remanded under serious charges including conspiracy, for aiding the family in their struggle for justice. Our party declared that the arrest and remand of our comrades is the conspiracy of government and police for self financing educational lobbies. Though the CPI(M) leaders tried their best to justify the police action and arrest, the public and media did not accept that.

On April 6th party called for harthal. On that day, the protest march organized in front of secretariat was inaugurated by Com.K.K.Rema, leader of RMPI. On April 7th Protest Pandals were started in front of the secretariat as well as in every district.

On April 9th state government sent the Political Secretary to CM, Public prosecutor and State Attorney General as the mediators to Mahija and family who were admitted in Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum. Meanwhile the third accused of Jishnu case, Sakthivel was arrested. CPI(M) leaders like Seetharam Yachuri, Kodeyeri Balakrishnan and CM Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to them over phone and finally they came to an agreement on ten points. The agreement includes the immediate arrest of the culprits and unconditional release of our comrades. The mediators along with Jishnu’s family announced the agreement in front of media. On this ground the hunger strike of the family was withdrawn.

On April 11th our comrades got bail. Including our comrades so many public personalities and media came in front of the District Jail to receive the leaders. The comrades, immediately after the release, declared they would relentlessly continue the struggle against self financing system. The reception meet in front of secretariat was addressed by Sri.C.R.Neelakantan, Com.V.Venugopal, S.Burhan, N.Venu, S.Rajeevan, Mini K.Philip and so on. Com.Shajarkhan, S.Mini and S.Sreekumar also shared their experience.

Details on the Movement and Settlement

The heartbreaking cries of students in self financing institutions shook Kerala in the very outset of 2017.  The frozen face of a seventeen year old boy Jishnu Pranoy, with red marks of brutal atrocities shocked people of all walks of lives for his death unravels what is being happening to students in self financing institutes. News coming one after another showed that Jishnu’s is not an isolated experience. Voice rose against this bestiality. Silenced student community of self financing institutions came to the forefront demanding Justice for Jishnu. Exceptional fighting spirit of Mahija, Jishnu’s mother, intensified the struggles. Her mourning, from a far off village of Northern Kerala, disturbed the psyche of Kerala. Without taking solid food for three months, she turned her tears into a powerful challenge to the system that creates victims like Jishnu. The mother came to state capital with trembling voice; but it was powerful enough to question the deaf rulers. The mother was assaulted by the police in broad daylight and the people were taken aback witnessing the police cruelties. The Government proved that its police force is for the killers and not for justice.  But Mahija declared that the entire society with the justice which she demanded. A little educated, village mother conquered the hearts of all well meaning people in her uncompromising struggle for justice. More than that she tore off the pseudo left face of CPI(M) led state government.

Jishnu Pranoy, a first year engineering student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research, Pampady in Thrissur district, Kerala, was brutally tortured and murdered by the college authorities on last January. To save the culprits, immediately after his death police tried to manipulate the case by framing his death as a suicide. Management accused that the student had committed some malpractices in examination and the invigilator caught him red hand and subsequent frustration led him to suicide. But circumstances never favoured the story. Students of Nehru College as well as family rejected the cooked up stories and tried to bring out the truth.  Jishnu’s friends shook all fears to seek justice. They disclosed the brutal deeds practiced by the college authorities in the name of discipline. They gave evidences to prove that his was a heinous murder for he used to protest against the authorities. The authorities maintained a lock up room in the campus to torture students physically. Jishnu was called to this room and was brutally attacked for complaining against the violation of university laws in the conduction of examination. P. Krishna Das, Chairman of Nehru Group of Institutions, Sakthivel, Vice Principal, Sanjith Viswanathan, PRO, C.P.Praveen, Faculty and Dipin, Exam co-ordinator are accused of the direct involvement in the murder. Instead of taking proper action against the culprits police and government tried to dilute the case and save the murderers. This proved the self financing educational lobbies exerted tremendous influence on the government. Our party SUCI(C), AIDSO as well as Save Education Committee rightly pointed out that Jishnu is the victim of self financing system and similar conditions  prevail in numerous other institutions also. In the joint initiative of AISEC, AIDSO and Nehru College Students Association, a general action platform was formed. Until then no students organizations had units there for campus politics had been strictly banned by the authority. Nehru College Students Association launched a Samarakendram (Protest Pandal) in front of the college gate on February 11, Jishnu’s Birthday, demanding arrest of the murderers and democratization of the campus. AIDSO State Secretary Com. P.K.Prabhash inaugurated the Samara kendram.  A Protest Meet was organized at the Pandal on February 13th. The programme was inaugurated by Com. M.Shajarkhan. Public, political leaders and intellectuals extended whole hearted support to the movement. All student organizations except SFI extended solidarity to the students association. They opened pandals and raised the same demands proposed by the Nehru College Students Association. The programme got wide media attention  too. Jishnu’s family also declared that they would join the movement soon.

On the very next day SFI opened their pandal demanding reopening of college as the very first demand. They tried to break students’ solidarity and they could achieve their task to an extent. On February 15th District Collector initiated a discussion between students and management. Nehru College Students Association and AIDSO submitted a memorandum of seventeen demands. Except the arrest of the murderers all other demands were accepted and collector promised that the culprits  will be arrested as early as possible.  That was a victory of the movement and it entered a new phase.  Meanwhile, Jishnu’s mother Mahija wrote an open letter seeking justice for her son to  Sri.Pinarai Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala,. They all belonged to a CPI(M) family and Jishnu was active in SFI and DYFI. Mahija, introducing her as a former activist of SFI,  expressed her pain to CM for never visiting Jishnu’s house. Though the letter created a move in society, CM remained indifferent to this. More than that first two accused got anticipatory bail and other three were not arrested. So Mahija and Jishnu’s family filed many complaints and visited CM at secretariat on March 8th.  To support the family’s movement we organized a Jishnu Solidarity Forum in Thiruvananthapuram. Com.Shajarkhan holds the office of the convener of the forum. The forum organized a solidarity meet on march 8th.

Mahija and family declared indefinite hunger strike in front of the DGP office on March 27th for the callous indifference of police in arresting the murderers. But on 26th the DGP rang them in person and assured that the culprits would be either arrested or their property confiscated within one week. So she postponed her strike for one week. But nothing happened. On April 5th the family came to Thiruvananthapuram to start the hunger strike in front of the DGP office. Before that they rang Com.Shajarkhan asking the support of AISEC. Comrades Shajarkhan, S.Mini and S. Sreekumar received them from railway station and accompanied their march to DGP office. Two students of Nehru College also accompanied them.

Police  attacked the group brutally and Mahija was injured in action. For she fell down in the road and police assaulted her badly. Police arrested the family, friends, comrades M.shajarkhan, S.Mini, S.Sreekumar and K.M.Shajahan, a social activist. Frightened because of the sudden arousal of public sentiments against the police action against a bereaved mother, police released the family members and admitted Mahija and her brother Sreejith at Medical college hospital. But the social activists including three of our comrades were remanded under serious charges including conspiracy, for aiding the family in their struggle for justice. Our party declared that the arrest and remand of our comrades is the conspiracy of government and police for self financing educational lobbies. Though the CPI(M) leaders tried their best to justify the police action and arrest, the public and media did not accept that.

Jishnu’s family continued their hunger strike on hospital bed. Avishna, fifteen year old sister of Jishnu, started indefinite hunger strike in her home. Hospital authority, obeying the commands of CPI(M) led government published a medical bulletin that Mahija takes food in liquid form and so her health is in sound condition. The Public Relation Department of state government published an advertisement in every print media to justify government. In protest to this Mahija and Avishna stopped taking water and medicine. Mahija insisted hospital authority to discontinue IV fluid also. But they forcefully continued it. While the police reached house to arrest Avishna to move her to hospital she locked herself in room. Public stood around her house to resist police action.

Since April 5th evening our party organized protest marches all around the state against the police action and demanding justice for Jishnu. On April 6th party called for harthal. On that day, the protest march organized in front of secretariat was inaugurated by Com.K.K.Rema, leader of RMPI. On April 7th Protest Pandals were started in front of the secretariat as well as in every district. The protest meet in front of the secretariat was inaugurated by Com.Jaison Joseph, state secretariat member of SUCI(C ). AIDSO state committee called for one day hunger strike in solidarity to Avishna. The students’ hunger strike in front of secretariat was led by AIDSO state secretary P.K.Prabhash and state leaders comrades M.K.Shahasad, Santhosh V.D, A.Shyju, R.Aparana, Nikhil Saji Thomas, Jathin.R, Meenakshi R and so on

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On April 9th state government sent the Political Secretary to CM, Public prosecutor and State Attorney General as the mediators to Mahija and family who were admitted in Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum. Meanwhile the third accused of Jishnu case, Sakthivel was arrested. CPI(M) leaders like Seetharam Yachuri, Kodeyeri Balakrishnan and CM Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to them over phone and finally they came to an agreement on ten points. The agreement includes the immediate arrest of the culprits and unconditional release of our comrades. The mediators along with Jishnu’s family announced the agreement in front of media. On this ground the hunger strike of the family was withdrawn.

But the further deeds of governments proved that the agreement is mere farce. The public prosecutor opposed the bail application of our comrades and pleaded for police custody. Court had to allow it. Same time, Sakthivel, who was arrested on the previous day, got bail and all other accused in Jishnu case got anticipatory bail. Sri.Pinarai Vijayan, CM of the State, convened a press meet belittling the demands of the movement led by Mahija. He accused that the movement could not achieve anything than what the government had done previously.  He said that Jishnu’s family was swooped by SUCI(C) for political ends. CPI(M) expelled  Jishnu’s uncle Sreejith from brach committee and he was made to quit the job in Desabhimani, the mouthpiece of CPI(M) state committee. Protest aroused from all corners of the state. Our party intensified struggle. A Secretariat March was organised. A wide gathering assembled in front of the secretariat in the name of Jishnu Solidarity Forum was inaugurated by Sri. Gowridasan Nair, a senior journalist. On April 11th our comrades got bail. Including our comrades so many public personalities and media came in front of the District Jail to receive the leaders. The comrades, immediately after the release, declared they would relentlessly continue the struggle against self financing system. The reception meet in front of secretariat was addressed by Sri.C.R.Neelakantan, Com.V.Venugopal, S.Burhan, N.Venu, S.Rajeevan, Mini K.Philip and so on. Com.Shajarkhan, S.Mini and S.Sreekumar also shared their experience.

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