Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, tried to get back to normal as students returned to the campus on Wednesday morning after the brutal murder of Abhimanyu, leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and second-year undergraduate student on Sunday midnight.
The classes for second and third-year undergraduate students and postgraduate batches had resumed after the college was shut for two days following the incident. The otherwise Maharaja’s campus, popular for its bustling spaces, remained in a state of shock and despair. Students and teachers, who were rattled by the death of Abhimanyu, broke into tears when they were asked to recall his fond memories.
The sight of Abhimanyu falling prey to the assailants refuses to leave Bobbin, second year B.A. Economics (Hons) student and Abhimanyu’s close friend. “We were also together at the college hostel. I was there on the campus from Sunday morning, making arrangements to welcome newcomers. He left in a flash after a group came and unleashed violence by midnight,” he said.
Harikrishnan, M.S, SFI unit president and second-year B.A. History student, said that they were yet to accept the reality that Abhimanyu was no more. “We are now praying for the speedy recovery of Arjun, a second-year B.A. Philosophy student and member of the SFI unit committee, who had received serious stab injuries. Arjun, who was admitted at Ernakulam Medical Trust, had asked for Abhimanyu after he regained consciousness,” said Harikrishnan.
Teachers and students could not control their emotions as two meetings in memory of Abhimanyu were held on the campus in the morning. The Department of Chemistry paid tributes to its student by describing him as an “innocent youth who cared for others and remained sincere in whatever he did in his life”. Abhimanyu was a second-year student of B.Sc. Environmental Chemistry.
Vidya Raman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, said that he had carried the hopes of his parents and people close to them. “His classmates are yet to come out of the shock. They could not make it to the campus today and we feel they may need counselling and reassurance,” she said.
Principal K.N. Krishna Kumar said that Maharaja’s was getting support from all quarters after being hit by a tragedy that could not be described in words. A condolence meeting organised by the college was held at the main auditorium, where a packed audience offered their tributes to the victim. SFI representatives said that they had plans to support the economically-weaker students at Abhimanyu’s native place as a token of their affection towards him. Harikrishnan said that Abhimanyu had always wanted to help them gain education.
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