Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Six medical students suspended for ragging

Express News Service
Posted: Sep 02, 2009 at 0228 hrs IST

Surat Six medical students were suspended for ragging seven first-year students at the Government Medical College here on Tuesday. The incident was reported on Sunday after which a complaint was filed with the Anti-Ragging Committee of the college. The college council has suspended the accused for six months, and they will not be allowed to stay in the hostel during this period.

Hospital sources said the six first-year MBBS students were called by the accused (second and third year MBBS students of the same college) to the Raj Empire Multiplex at Bhatar Road on Sunday evening.

The six accused, identified as Anand Meena, Gaurav Bhagmar, Jitendra Gupta, Shubhash Bishnoi, Anshal Jain and Rajendra Lakhawat asked the victims, Akash Ramchandani, Surabh Dasade, Sachin Sharma, Punit Singh, Abhishek Bansal, Adesh Arora and Vijay Sharma to strip. But the juniors refused to comply and returned to the hostel.

Dr Shailendra Bajpayee, Dean, Government Medical College, said: “The incident came to light when the Anti-Ragging Committee of the college found out about the incident through student sources. The victims were told to give a written complaint. All the accused and victims were present in the college council meeting on Tuesday evening.”

He added that all the heads of department of all faculties of the college were also present at the meeting.

Dr Bajpayee added: “The council ruled that the accused should be suspended for six months and expelled from the college hostel. We have also planned to take police action against them.”

Dr Ganesh Govekar, chairman of the Anti-Ragging Committee, said: “The victims were called to the multiplex as nobody was present at the spot.” He added: “In the hostel, there was a danger of being caught. The act of the accused senior students comes under the definition of ragging, and we will deal with them strictly so that nobody repeats such act in the future.”

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