Tuesday, August 14, 2007

[ToI] Student leaders allege ragging

14 Aug 2007, 0317 hrs IST,TNN

AHMEDABAD: A strong buzz of yet another ragging incident on a college campus rocked the student fraternity on Monday. This time reports pointed towards the CEPT campus.

Though the institute's authorities remained tight-lipped on the issue and no police complaint was filed, student leaders did report an incident of ragging that went out of hand.

"Parents of the student who complained of ragging came to the CEPT campus on Monday and took the student with them," said Vinay Tomar, city unit president of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI). Tomar claimed that he along with other student leaders had spoken to the student, after the incident. "The student told us that he was ragged by his seniors and when he tried to complain about the incident to the authorities of the institute, they ignored him."

Sources at the campus add that it was more than one first-year student who was ragged and that it has been going on for over a week now.

"On Monday, the situation suddenly went out of hand when one of the students narrated the ragging incident, where he was asked to remove his shirt and made to wear women's undergarments made of paper. When this matter came to light, authorities as well as senior students tried to hush up the incident.

A CEPT official said, "There was a heated argument between two students in school of interior design which went out of hand and we had to call a senior faculty to resolve the issue." Rasu Vakil, director of CEPT, when contacted late on Monday, said, "I reviewed the situation on Friday and already have anti-ragging squads of teaching and non-teaching staff.

The squads are keeping a watch over the campus. So far, I have not received any complaints on this ragging incident, but am going to look into the matter."

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