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Annamalai Univ in turmoil after four students die

Mar 04, 2010 11:24 PM IST India India

Chidamabaram: Tamil Nadu's famous Annamalai University is in turmoil after four students died in the last four days.

One student's death led to protests in which three more students lost their lives.

Four days after the incident Annamalai University in Chidambaram is now deserted and seven out of nine departments at the university have been closed indefinitely.

Over 15,000 students have been sent back home. But their anger has still not subsided.

"I think the Vice-Chancellor is to blame because if he had responded to us, then students wouldn't have got so violent," said a student.

"This is the total fault of our management, administration and hospital," added another student.

It all started when around 300 students gathered at midnight on Sunday and started ransacking the college demanding an explanation from the Vice-Chancellor for their friend's death. They alleged that it was because of the negligence of the hospital within the university campus

The University though is unwilling to take the blame

"They could have told one of their HODs, engineering dean or me. I have been available till 11 o'clock. Till that time we didn't know of their allegations relating to the medical service, only after the unrest I got to know about this," claimed Vice-Chancellor Dr. M Ramanathan.

It was around 1 am when the students went on a rampage in the hospital and the police were forced to enter the premises to control the students.

But on seeing the police, these students started running around without realising where they were headed. Many of them jumped into a canal nearby, and three drowned.

The fact that they jumped over one another only made things worse. It was a horrifying sequence of events which resulted in the unfortuntate death of three students.

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