Thiruvananthapuram: Police, on Monday, arrested members of the Student Federation of India (SFI) unit in connection with the stabbing of college student Akhil Chandran in the premises of Thiruvananthapuram University College.

Akhil is presently undergoing treatment at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

The accused have been identified as Sivaranjith, Nazeem, Adil, Aromal, Nijab and Advaith. While Adil, Aromal and Advaith were held at Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station on Sunday, the main accused Sivaranjith and Nazeem were arrested on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, during raids at houses of main accused Sivaranjith, police found four bundles of unused answer sheets belonging to the University of Kerala to which the college is affiliated. Officials also found the seal of the physical education director.

On Friday, 20-year-old Akhil, who allegedly fought with SFI leaders in the college for singing a song was stabbed. According to sources, Akhil and SFI leaders in the college engaged in a verbal duel which escalated into Akhil being stabbed twice in the chest with a penknife.

Akhil is a final year BA Political Science student.

The college witnessed tense moments after students staged a protest after the incident.

This is not the first such instance to have occurred at the University College, Thiruvananthapuram.

In May 2019 a first-year degree student attempted suicide after she received threats from SFI leaders.

In her suicide note, the girl stated that SFI leaders had threatened her several times after she refused to do as they said. She claimed that party leaders forced her to join party marches and other programmes held in college.