Kanhangad(Ker) Apr 4 (PTI) Police today registered a case against three students of a private college here in connection with the incident of bursting crackers and paying ‘homage’ to the college Principal, who will retire in May this year.

The case was registered against Mohammed Aziz, Praveen M P and Sharat Damodaran, all second year students of the Nehru college, on the basis of a written complaint by the Principal P V Pushapaja.

Members of the pro CPI(M) Students Federation of India (SFI) had burst crackers, rejoicing at her retirement and humiliated her by paying her ‘homage’ last week by putting up a poster offering ‘condolences’ to a teacher “who had died in the hearts of students.”

The Principal, who went personally to the police station to lodge her complaint, sought action against the students who had caused her ‘mental agony’ and ‘insulted’ her by their action, police said.

Taking a serious view of the incident, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had informed the state assembly that strong action would be taken against the students.

“The students should consider teachers as their mothers and that is our culture. Insulting a teacher cannot be tolerated”, Vijayan had said.

Two students have been suspended in connection with the incident,which came to the limelight after a video of students bursting crackers and putting up the condolence message at the auditorium of the college campus went viral on the social media.

The incident had also triggered widespread condemnation from different quarters.

Last year, SFI students had set on fire the chair of the 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.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.