Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has on Thursday urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take immediate steps to prevent attacks by certain groups on students from Kerala during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in New Delhi.
Vijayan, in a letter to Amit Shah, said families and parents of students from Kerala studying in Delhi, are concerned and anxious over their safety.
“I wish to bring to your kind attention the state of anxiety of the parents and relatives of the students and of the government of Kerala in this regard,” Vijayan said.
During the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the media has reported that certain groups have resorted to physical violence against the students, he said.
“I request your kind intervention so that urgent necessary steps are taken to prevent such attacks against the students,” Vijayan added in his letter.
Meanwhile, many students from Kerala studying at Delhi’s Jamia Millia University and Aligarh Muslim University who were provided shelter at Delhi’s Kerala House at the behest of Ramya Haridas MP have started returning to Kerala.
The SFI Kozhikode district committee accorded reception to a group of students from Waynad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts when they arrived at Calicut railway station on Thursday morning.
SFI Kozhikode district secretary T. Athul, state committee members, M. Sinan Ummar, M.K. Bibinraj, district Joint secretary B.C. Anujith, M.T Mohammed Irshad were among those who were present at the railway station to receive the students from Delhi.
Nearly 80 Kerala students found refuge at Kerala House after the university shut down hostels on the two campuses following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The students were stranded when the university’s hostels were shut down after protests against the Act turned violent.
The students, who hail from various districts across Kerala, contacted Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office, who then instructed that all of them be accommodated at the official state mission of the Kerala government.