A week after three girl students of SVS Yoga Medical College at Kallakurichi near Villupuram in Tamil Nadu committed suicide, the state government has transferred the case to the Crime Branch — Criminal Investigation Division (CB-CID). The government has also decided to shift all students to a government college, official sources said.
The three girls — E Saranya and V Priyanka, both 18, and T Monisha, 19 — had committed suicide last Saturday, accusing the college administration of charging excess fees and “torture”, and blaming college chairman Vasuki Subramanian for their death.
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The bodies of the three were found in a well near the college. The girls were doing naturopathy courses.
In a statement, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said a nod from the Central Council of Homeopathy is required to shift all students to a government college, and that the state government has already put in a request.
She said the government has shifted the investigation from the local police to the CB-CID and extended a financial aid of Rs 1 lakh from the CM’s relief fund to the families of the girls.
Meanwhile, Subramanian was Friday sent to three-day police custody to the Cuddalore Central Prison for Women by the Kallakurichi Magistrate court. Subramanian claimed there was foul play in the death of three girls, and a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the college.
In a two-page suicide note, the girls said students had filed several complaints against Subramanian, to no avail. Citing “torture” by the management, the girls hoped that their suicide would finally force authorities to take action against the chairman.
Although Subramanian had Friday reiterated her demand for a Class-A cell in prison, the court refused the request but asked the police not to use physical force during interrogation.