Students in south India set university property on fire after fellow student commits suicide

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-23 13:22:26|Editor: pengying
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NEW DELHI, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- In an overnight violence in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, students at a university resorted to violence and torched its furniture, police said Thursday.

The violence broke out Wednesday night on the campus of Sathyabama University on the outskirts of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

According to officials, the students went on rampage after a fellow student hanged herself. Police said she was allegedly caught cheating during exam and sent out of the hall.

"A young woman, Ragamonica of Andhra Pradesh, pursuing an undergraduate course was found hanged inside her hostel. Students alleged that she had been humiliated by a professor during examination," a police official said. "We were told she was found cheating during the examination."

Reports said students torched furniture of the university hostel and held noisy protests outside it.

Video footage aired on local TV channels showed flames leaping up in the hallway as protesting students had put mattresses on fire and another video showed gathering of students and police patrol vehicles.

Authorities rushed firefighters to douse the fires and deployed huge contingents of police to prevent further violence in the campus.

Police said they have registered a case and initiated investigations into the incident.