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Kerala govt to compensate with Rs 2 lakh over demonetization deaths  

Thiruvananthapuram: The Pinarayi Vijayan led LDF has announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh to the people who died of standing in the long bank queues in the backdrop of the demonetization row.

The State government on Wednesday also announced a financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Jishnu, an engineering student who committed suicide in a college hostel in Thrissur district allegedly following harassment by the college management.

The Cabinet that met her also decided to constitute a committee, led by Education Minister C Raveendranath, to study the issues in the self-finance colleges.

Earlier, taking a serious view of the alleged suicide of the student, the state Human Rights Commission had sought a report on the matter.

Commission Member K Mohankumar directed the Thrissur District Superintendent of Police, Principal of the private Nehru College of Engineering at Pambady and its Registrar to file reports within two weeks.

18-year old Jishnu, a computer science student, was found hanging in the hostel bathroom last week.

Students alleged that authorities had harassed him after he was caught for ‘copying’ in an examination.

Meanwhile, a protest march taken out by the students’ wing of the Congress, the KSU, on Wednesday turned violent as a section of them went on a rampage in the office of the Self-Finance Engineering College Managements’ Association in Kochi, damaging properties. The association officials were holding a meeting when around 30 KSU workers took out the protest march.

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