Kanhangad (Ker), Apr 6 (PTI) Two students of a college here were arrested and later let off on bail in connection with the incident of bursting crackers and paying ‘homage’ to the college principal, who will retire in May this year, police said today.

Sharat Damodaran and Praveen M P, both second year students of Nehru College, were arrested yesterday and let off on bail, they said.

Enquiry with regard to another student, Mohammed Aziz, was going on, sources said.

Police had, two days ago, registered a case against three students on the basis of a written complaint by principal P V Pushpaja, seeking action against them for insulting her and causing ‘mental agony’ by their action.

Members of the pro-CPI(M) Students Federation of India (SFI) had burst crackers, rejoicing at her retirement and humiliated her by paying ‘homage’ last week by putting up a poster offering ‘condolences’ to a teacher “who had died in the hearts of students.” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also condemned the incident in the state Assembly and assured that strong action would be taken against the students.

The incident came to the limelight after a purported video of the students bursting crackers and putting up the condolence message at the auditorium of the college campus went viral on social media.

The incident had also triggered widespread condemnation from different quarters.

Last year, SFI students had set on fire the chair of Maharaja’s College principal, N L Beena, in Kochi, during a strike by the teachers’ union.

In 2016, some students of Government Victoria College, Palakkad, had built a symbolic grave for their outgoing principal, Dr T N Sarasu.

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