Wednesday, August 09, 2006

[Patna Daily] Ragging at Science College Leads to Firing; Two Injured

Patna: August 8, 2006

Ragging at Patna Science College, on Monday, got out of hand when the bodyguard of Patna University proctor Kriteshwar Prasad opened fire at the students engaged in harassing new students injuring two students in the process.

As per the report, at around 12:00 pm, the second year students were harassing some new students who reported the incident to the proctor. When Prasad arrived at the scene with his bodyguard, the students started to run towards the zoology department.

They were chased by the bodyguard who, for some unknown reasons, opened fired at the students.

Two students identified as Rohit Kumar and Anil Kumar received bullet injuries in hand and abdomen respectively. They were rushed to the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) where they remain in Intensive Care Unit.

The incident caused a riot-like situation within the campus as angry students damaged college properties including the office of the Vice Chancellor and blocked Ashok Rajpath for hours vandalizing cars, buses, and shops in the area while also demanding the arrest of the proctor.

Senior police officials including the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kundan Krishnan arrived at the campus with anti-riot vehicle and tried to check the violence. Six students were taken into custody but the bodyguard of Dr. Prasad is said to be absconding.

The police has detained Dr. Prasad for interrogation. Security in the campus has been heightened in anticipation of more violence, Krishnan said.

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