Anti-nuclear activist S P Udayakumar on Saturday boycotted a programme he was supposed to attend with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan citing Kerala police action against mother of Pambady Nehru College student Jishnu Pranoy, 'who was brutally killed by the college management'.
The leader of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), in a statement, said that he decided to not share the dais with the Kerala CM marking his protest against the institutional murder of the student for protesting against the college management's inhuman laws.
As a human being, citizen of India and as a father of two young boys, I must record my strongest protest against the brutal killing of Jishnu Pranoy, first year Computer Science student in Nehru College at Pambady near Thrissur in JanuaryS P Udayakumar, Anti-nuclear activist
The anti-nuclear activist said that SIT has found blood stain in the room where Jishnu was questioned by the college management and the postmortem report also said injuries were found on his body that had been inflicted before his death.
“Is this any way to run an educational institution? Can we accept this kind of fascist tendencies, attitude and behavior among the administrators of educational institutions in the country? Schools and colleges are not and should not be police stations or prison cells”, he said.
Udayakumar, who worked as professor at Monmouth University, New Jersey, before coming to the forefront of Koodamkulam protest, said Jishnu's mother Mahija was brutally treated and forcefully removed by Kerala police when she protested asking justice for her son, along with her relatives.
Is this any way to treat a mother who has lost her precious son in such a cruel manner? But the Nehru College chairman, Krishnadas keeps getting anticipatory bails as and when he likes. The whole thing is so absurd and tragicS P Udayakumar, Anti-nuclear activist
The author of several books added that a plus-two student, Nandu has been hacked to death near Cherthala, Alappuzha for not attending the RSS programs as he used to do before.
“When young children are getting killed like this in the already criminalized political culture of Kerala, I cannot be sitting next to the CM with clear conscience and mental peace. So I have deiced to boycott the Tiruvalla event this evening.” he clarified his stand.
He also apologised to the organizers of the event for not attending it.
The event was held at Tiruvalla, Kerala, as part of celebration of Dynamic Action magazine's 50th anniversary and the 85th birth anniversary of M. J. Joseph.
“The continuous spate of murders and revenge killings bring so much shame to the Kerala government and the Chief Minister and hence appeal to the Kerala government and the CM to do everything possible to stop the political killings, especially student murders in the beautiful and cultured state of Kerala” he added.