Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ragging in GADVASU: Three punished for roughing up junior

Manmeet Singh, TNN 29 July 2009, 11:30pm IST

LUDHIANA: Now, seniors need to get extra cautious to save themselves from charges of ragging levelled against them by their juniors. In an
interesting case, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences university has for the second time found the complaint of ragging made by a first year student wrong.

But still, the university taking a stern action, has expelled Harkanwal Singh Grewal, a second year student of fishery sciences from the university and two second year students of dairy sciences have been debarred from attending the current semester.

Further, three classmates of the student who had alleged ragging have been put on conduct probation (warning). Dr KS Sandhu, director students welfare, informed, “We had conducted an inquiry, but found that no ragging had taken place. However, three second year students have been punished for manhandling a junior student, Prabhpreet Singh, who is a first year student.”

In a startling revelation, he disclosed that the student who had made the complaint was found to be drunk. He said though the university had already introduced the juniors to their seniors, while sitting in the mess few days ago, few seniors had asked Prabhpreet to introduce himself. Sandhu asserted that according to anti-ragging rules, he cannot be forced to do so.

However, later on July 23, when Prabhpreet was drunk, he got drawn into a brawl with his seniors for using provocative language.

Sandhu said the hostel wardens reached the place immediately and took control of the situation.

Meanwhile, Prabhpreet Singh, who had alleged ragging is admitted at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. Police have registered a case under sections 323, 341 and 506 of IPC against the three second year students.

“Since it was a bailable offence, Harkanwal was given bail the same day,” said Beant Juneja, adding that the other two students have been identified as Ranjodh Singh and Karamjit Singh.

However, when asked whether the university would be taking any action against the student who had made the false complaint and defying university rules was drunk at the time the fight erupted, Dr Sandhu said, “Immediately after the inquiry was initiated, the boy left for his home, due to which no action could be taken against him.”

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