Bangalore: Amid growing public outcry demanding justice for Manipuri student Loitam Richard, died under suspicious circumstances in his college hostel here last month, a former Minister from that state on Tuesday demanded immediate arrest of those behind the "killing".
Manipur`s CPI Secretary and former Arts and Culture Minister M Nara Singh, who met Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda here yesterday, said he was happy with Gowda`s assurance to him that the suspects in the killing would be nabbed.
Singh said Gowda would address students from north-eastern in Karnataka in the next couple of days.
He said prima facie evidence and circumstances had pointed to severe assault all over the body.
Singh alleged that there had been "considerable and intentional delay by the college authorities" in filing a report to police regarding the incident.
He said though police had registered a case of unnatural death, evidences indicated that it was a case of murder."There are adequate prima facie evidence that Loitam suffered grievaous and fatal injuries in the beating incident and died of these injuries," he said.
Loitam, a second semester student of Acharya NRV School of Architecture, was found dead on his hostel bed on the afternoon of April 18.
While police have maintained he died in a two-wheeler accident on Apr 16, his friends insist that he died due to injuries after a severe assault by seniors on April 17.
The death sparked off protests in Bangalore and New Delhi with the protesters demanding justice for Loitam.