Students rage as engineering college girl likely sexually assaulted, burned alive

Seeking immediate arrest of culprits responsible for "burning to death" a college student near Sivagiri in Erode district, nearly 400 students of a city private college today laid a near siege of Government Hospital and also the office of district collectorate here.

The body of the girl, a second year BE student of an engineering college here, had visited her village for Pongal holidays and returned on Sunday and informed her parents that she had reached the college hostel safely on the night, police said.

However, her charred body was found lying in Chinniampalayam near Sivagiri and some residents informed the police. She was identified from a SIM card lying near the body, police said.

Some liquor bottles were also found near the place and police suspected that the 19-year old girl might have sexually assaulted, they said.

The students from Krishna College rushed to the Hospital, where the body was lying for post mortem and said that they were suspecting a 'rape and murder case' and wanted police to expedite the investigation and book the culprits.

The students also went to the office of district collectorate and sought the administration to expedite the case.

City Police Commissioner A N Vishwanathan assured the students to look into the issue and bring the culprits at the earliest.

About 100 activists of Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhakam also staged a demonstration in front of the Hospital, seeking justice to the family, police said.

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