Deepak Padmanabhan,the second year student at Gnanamani Engineering College in Namakkal in Tamil Nadu who was killed by his seniors after an argument,had faced threats from a gang at the college,according to his friend.
While riding a two-wheeler with a friend,Padmanabhan was knocked down by the car-borne students,who attacked him with iron rods. He hailed from Kannur district. All his assailants were also from Kerala,three of them being from Kannur.
Padmanabhans friend V Rahul said he was threatened by a Kerala gang,known as Indraprastham,to which the assailants allegedly belonged. The gang members had asked Padmanabhan to join them,but he refused.
Quoting Padmanabhans classmates,Rahul alleged the college management was least interested in reigning in the Kerala gang. The seniors used to get a good amount as commission for every fresh recruit to the gang channelised through them.
Padmanabhans relative Vikranandanpuram Madhu,who had gone to Salem to bring the body,said the college management didnt send a single representative for the cremation. Other than three students,no one from the college accompanied the body.
This is not the first time Kerala students in professional colleges in Tamil Nadu were brutally attacked by college mates from their state.
In 2012,two Kerala students of an engineering college were beaten up and thrown out of a running train at Erode in Tamil Nadu. They were returning to their home in Kerala. The assailants wanted ATM cards and mobile numbers of girl students. Two years back,a gang of Kerala students had beaten to death their junior from the same state. The victim Sanu Kuriakose,a Kannur native,was a degree student at Chitod Amman Arts and Science College,Erode.