Thursday, October 19, 2006

[ChennaiOnline] Alleged victim of ragging dies

Bhubaneswar, Oct 18: A first-year pharmacy student died here under suspicious circumstances last night, hours after a fresher alleged that he was seriously injured after being pushed from the second floor of his hostel building.

Bijay Kumar Maharathi, a first-year student at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a private institution, who stayed in the hostel, died at a private hospital here last night, police said.

Maharathi was taken to the Capital Hospital here after he complained of headache and nausea and as his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to Kalinga Hospital where he died.

Police said a relative of the student complained that the boy was being subjected to torture in the hostel which could have led to his death. The entire incident was being inquired into, they said adding the body had been sent for post-mortem.

Meanwhile, inquiry was on into the injury suffered by Shivshankar Ash, a student of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, after he was allegedly pushed from the second floor roof of his hostel on October 10.

The incident has sent shockwaves across the state and the government has sought a report from the university authorities.

Ash, a first year student of agriculture, who suffered serious injuries in his leg and spine, is being shifted to Bangalore for treatment, family sources in Sambalpur said. (Agencies)

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