The SFI on Saturday sacked the man who had attacked ex-diplomat T P Sreenivasan. The sacked leader is J S Sarath, a district vice president of the SFI, the student outfit of CPI (M).
Sreenivasan was targeted at the venue of the Global Education Summit on Friday, which the CPI(M)’s students wing had threatened to disrupt, claiming that it would “accelerate the commercialisation of higher education”. The SFI has been staging a sit-in in front of a hotel at Kovalam where the two-day summit is being held.
A group of SFI activists manhandled Sreenivasan as he came out of the hotel to receive guests. The 71-year-old fell down after SFI district joint secretary Sarath hit him on the face in the presence of policemen.
“(The) attack on me which many witnessed on TV was to get Global Education Meet cancelled at any cost. I was not badly hurt and meet is going well,” Sreenivasan said later in a tweet.
While Sreenivasan blamed police for failing to act, CPI(M) district secretary Kadakampally Surendran apologised for the incident and promised that action would be taken against those guilty. Surendran, however, alleged that there was a “conspiracy behind the police inaction”.