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Police Apprehend Another Prime Accused in Kerala Veterinary Student Death Case

On Thursday, authorities in the Palakkad district apprehended one of the primary suspects in the case concerning the death of a student at Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

According to a senior Wayanad district police official, the accused will be formally detained when his testimony was recorded.

Six of the eighteen defendants in the case were taken into custody on Wednesday. They were not, however, one of the 12 principal defendants in the lawsuit.

Following the murder of 20-year-old Siddharthan on February 18, the Congress and BJP blamed the governing CPI(M)’s student wing SFI for beating the man to death, causing political agitation in the state.

The accusations have been refuted by the Students Federation of India (SFI).

State Law Minister P Rajeev, meantime, said today that the government would prosecute the guilty harshly regardless of the organization to which they may belong.

On February 18, Siddharthan, a second-year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science and animal husbandry, was discovered hanging in the restroom of his dorm.

Afterwards, his parents said that some of his college friends had informed them that several local SFI officials and activists had battered him to death.

The student’s father said that the postmortem report showed bruises to his son’s body that would have taken three days to heal and that his stomach was empty, suggesting that he had been severely battered and starved.

The student’s parents filed accusations, and the Congress and BJP later claimed that the SFI had killed him by beating.

Based on the parents’ allegations, the police, who had initially opened an unnatural death case, charged 12 students under the IPC and the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act with a number of offenses, including aiding and abetting suicide, wrongful restraint, and willingly causing harm by dangerous weapons or means.

Eventually, there were eighteen accused in all.

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