Thiruvananthapuram: Akhil Chandran, who was attacked and stabbed by Student Federation of India (SFI) union members following a verbal duel in Thiruvananthapuram University was discharged from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College today (July 23). Doctors have advised Akhil not to talk much and avoid visitors. Akhil needs complete rest for two more months to be cured completely, doctors stated.

On July 12, he allegedly fought with SFI leaders in the college for singing a song. According to sources, Akhil and SFI leaders in the college engaged in a verbal duel, which escalated and ended up with Akhil being stabbed twice in the chest with a penknife.

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Kerala Police have arrested six members of the SFI in connection with the incident. The accused have been identified as Sivaranjith, Nazeem, Adil, Aromal, Nijab and Advaith.

The victim has given statement to Kerala Police. He stated that SFI unit president Sivaranjith had stabbed him. He added that party unit secretary Nazeem had held his hands during the incident.

Akhil reportedly said, “There was a section of students who did not accept the SFI unit committee of the college. I was one of them. Following this, few members from the unit committee were against them. They asked us not to sing in the campus or enter class. A clash broke out after this. Soon after this, Sivaranjith stabbed me while Nazeem held me.”

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