Madikeri, May 22 : An aged man, who had gone to protest the alleged ragging of his brother's son, died on the spot during a scuffle, leading to tension in the area. Police said Bharath, who went to Field Marshal Cariappa college for admission, was ragged by senior students yesterday.
When he sounded his parents about this, his father Vishwanath and uncle Raghunath Marala rushed to the college and questioned the students. This led to a messy brawl, in which accused students attacked Marala and when one of them pushed him, he collapsed on the ground and died.
The relatives of Raghunath, alleging that he was murdered by the senior students, refused to take his body from the hospital post-mortem room. However, later they agreed to take away the body on the assurance of police.
In a swift action, Superintendent of police Ramesh Hariharan and Deputy Superintendent of Police Prakash visited the hospital and assured the protestors that the accused would be arrested.
Police had arrested five students Mustafa, Sharath, Yathish, Pradip and Suresh in the case.