In a case of violence during campus politics, a student of a college in Chembur was allegedly beaten up by another group of students on Friday morning during an election-related altercation.
Shamin Shah Jalaluddin, 21, a third year B Com student at NG Acharya and DK Marathe College in Chembur was leaving his college after his exams on Friday morning, when he was attacked. He was later admitted to Sion Hospital. The Govandi police said an inquiry is on in the matter.
It is not clear as to what elections he was participating in, because student elections have been banned in the University of Mumbai for several years now. "My brother is not involved in any party, we are poor people," said Shahnavaz, 27, Shamin's brother. "He is conscious, but has been badly hurt."
Shamin had allegedly put forward his candidature for some elections which were cancelled on Thursday.
Students said that this upset the opposing candidate, who is allegedly being backed by a certain section of those in the National Students' Union of India, following which he and his colleagues beat up Shamin.
When the students tried to conduct the election outside college premises on Thursday, authorities informed the police, who then stopped it. College authorities said that no elections were permitted in the college and that they had not heard of any student being beaten up.
"There is no official election, banner or notice of any kind," said DM Muley, principal of the college. "Whatever happens outside the college is not a concern of the college."