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Tamil Nadu girls’ suicide case: College head, Principal surrender in court

CHENNAI(PTI): Days after three girl students allegedly committed suicide, the head of their college on Monday surrendered in a court in the Chennai and was arrested along with two others, including its principal. Vasuki Subramanian, head of the Kallakurichi-based naturopathy and yoga college, surrendered before a court here and was remanded to judicial custody, police said.

“After questioning, we have arrested Kalanidhi (college principal) and Suvagur Varma, (adminstrator and son of Vasuki Subramanian) and they were produced before a court which remanded them to judicial custody,” a senior police official said told PTI. He said the probe was still on and they were on the look out for some more persons in connection with the case.

The father of one of the girls, Tamilarasan, moved a petition on Monday in the Madras High Court, seeking a CB-CID inquiry and post-mortem in a state-run hospital in Chennai. He had also requested that a doctor of his choice be present during autopsy.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Dr P Arumugam told PTI “we have not given affiliation to the BNYS and BHMS courses of the Kallakurichi- based college for 2015-16 till date”.

On Saturday, three second-year girl students committed suicide alleging exorbitant fees and harassment by their college. The triple suicide snowballed into a major issue with political parties demanding tough action. The college was sealed on Sunday.

Expressing suspicion on the manner of their deaths, the girls’ parents had filed complaints claiming that their daughters were murdered.

In the Madras High Court, meanwhile, Justice M M Sunderesh before whom Tamilarasan’s, (Monisha’s father) petition came up for hearing on Monday, directed the registry to post it before another court dealing with petitions of a similar nature. DMDK chief and leader of Opposition, Vijayakanth, demanded a CBI inquriy into the matter.

The college has only courses which are BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences) and BHMS (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery).

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