Tamil Nadu police on Monday arrested two people in connection with the suicide of three female students of a private medical college in Villupuram and detained two lady wardens of the college hostel for questioning.
While the police arrested the son of the chairperson of the SVC Naturopathy and Yoga College and an administrator, a hunt is on for its absconding chairperson, Vasuki Subramanian. Subramanian’s husband is also missing, police sources said.
The three students – T Monisha, E Saranya and V Priyanka – had drowned themselves in a well near their college as part of a suicide pact late on Saturday evening. Their bodies were found floating in the well by local residents. They had reportedly tied themselves together with a dupatta before jumping into the water.
A note from the three women alleged that the college administration had been charging exorbitant fees from them. Officials of the institute were also accused of discriminating against some students because they had gained admission through merit, and were therefore exempt from paying substantial sums of money as fees.
Parents of the 19-year-old women have charged the college administration and its chairperson with murdering their children and then dumping their bodies in a well.
While political parties have demanded a thorough inquiry into the whole incident and strict action against the guilty, people staged a protest in front of the government hospital in Villupuram where an autopsy was being conducted on the bodies of two of the girls.
Parents of T Monisha have refused to accept the autopsy on their daughter at the hospital and demanded that it be carried out at Chennai as they did not have faith in the local hospital at Villupuram.
They have moved the Madras high court with a request that the autopsy be carried out at a government hospital in Chennai. The case is expected to come up later during the course of the day.
Monisha’s father, M Tamilarasan, charged the college management with murder and said that the alleged note presented by the police and the college management was a fake one. Tamilarasan told reporters in front of the hospital that the handwriting in the note does not match that of any of the three.
He also alleged that Monisha’s body bore injury marks on her head and back and said the bodies of the other women also have injury marks.
A police officer familiar with the investigation said that charges of murder may be pressed against college authorities.