Four students died in the stampede at Cochin University, Kerala opposition leader Satheesan demanded a thorough investigation

Suddenly heavy rain started during the annual function at Cochin University. To avoid this, students started running here and there. In this stampede, four students died and many were seriously injured. On this matter, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Satheesan has demanded a thorough investigation and asked to take action against the person responsible.

Nov 26, 2023 - 10:45
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Four students died in the stampede at Cochin University, Kerala opposition leader Satheesan demanded a thorough investigation

Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan has demanded an investigation into the stampede that took place at Cochin University on Sunday. In fact, they say it was a stampede in which four people lost their lives and around 34 others were injured at a festival at Cochin University.

Satheesan told news agency ANI that two of the four students admitted in critical condition are currently stable. "It was unfortunate. 46 people were hospitalized and four died. At the initial stage, four students were in a very critical condition, but now the condition of two students is stable," the LOP said.

He said, "It was a stampede, a small space was not enough to gather so many students. It should be investigated, 46 students are here, 16 are in other hospitals and two are admitted in ICU."

Two of the injured students, Sheeba, a native of Malappuram, and Geethanjali, a native of Alappuzha, have been referred to Aster Medicity from the Government Medical College, Ernakulam. Four students were killed and over 34 injured in a stampede at a hall on the main campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) on the last day of the annual function on Saturday.

At present, all four deceased students have been identified. One student has been identified as Athul Thambi, a native of Kuthathukulam, the second is Ann Rutha from North Paravur, the third is Sara Thomas from Thamarassery and the fourth is Alvin Thakkattussery. Except for Alvin, the remaining three students were second-year students. According to the police, so far 16 students have been discharged from the hospital.

Ministers P Rajeev and R Bindu visited the site of the incident this morning. Kerala Higher Education Minister R Bindu has asked the Principal Secretary of Higher Education and the Vice Chancellor of the university to submit their investigation report on the incident.

Elaborating on the tragic incident, Kerala Law Minister P Rajeev said, "This is a shocking incident. We lost four students. This is the first time in Kerala. We met all the patients. Two patients are in ICU. "Two students are in the ICU of another hospital. We are trying our best to give them the best treatment."

Minister Rajeev Mane said, "The government has taken all steps to coordinate all these activities. Whenever the police have received information, they have launched rescue operations, and the health minister is directly involved in it. Not only medical colleges but private treatment facilities in hospitals are also being coordinated."

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) MR Ajit Kumar called the incident an extraordinary accident and said it rained suddenly in the area and students started running here and there to escape, leading to a stampede. Officials also said that the body of the deceased will be kept for public viewing at the CUSAT campus immediately after the post-mortem.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer