Vadodara, Feb 3: A former art student of Gujarat’s Maharaja Sayajirao University torched a cabin at the head office over not getting degree certificate.
The student has been identified as Srilamanthula Chandramohan. He arrived on campus around 5 pm, armed with petrol and a toy gun. He went to the MSU head office. Soon after, flames erupted from the glass windows of the ground floor of the building. A ruckus ensued as the staff — mostly clerical and from accounts department — who were wrapping up for the day tried to save important files. Guards on the campus, on being alerted, caught hold of Chandramohan, who did not appear to resist, The Indian Express reported.
After the police received information about the fire, rushed to the spot and arrested the student.
Chandramohan told police that his act was a result of his exasperation about not having received his Master’s degree since the past 11 years.
Speaking to the Indian Express, a police official said, “He told us that he passed the Masters course in 2007 but the university has not handed over his certificate. He claims that his career has been affected as he does not have a Masters certificate. He said he made more than 25 petitions to the university in the past 11 years, but the certificate was not given to him”.
The Sayajigunj police said that they have initiated a probe into the matter.
However, this is not the first time Chandramohan came into the limelight, In 2007 his paintings created a stir and invited the ire of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other Hindu religious groups.
When he was pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphics at MSU, he drew “objectionable paintings” of Jesus Christ and Goddess Durga.