Sunday, November 01, 2009

Six students booked for ragging in Uttar Pradesh

October 31st, 2009 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS

Lucknow, Oct 31 (IANS) Six students of a private dental college in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district have been booked for allegedly ragging a junior by singeing him with cigarettes and hitting him with glass bottles, police said Saturday.

Amit Kumar, a first year BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) student in the Poorvanchal Institute of Medical Science in Gorakhpur, about 300 km from here, has alleged that six of his seniors forced him to drink liquor and assaulted him when he protested and refused to follow their instructions.

“According to Kumar, the seniors used to barge inside his hostel room to abuse him physically. In the last few days, the seniors had become more violent,” police inspector Gajendra Kumar Rai told IANS.

A criminal case has been registered against the six under various sections of the Indian Penal Code after Kumar’s father approached police Friday evening, he added.

Kumar told police that he had approached the college authorities several times to register a complaint of ragging but was ignored.

“This brings the staff of the institute also under the scanner. While the six students are absconding, we may detain officials of the institute to probe into the case,” said Rai.

College director Tara Chand told reporters: “At our own level also, we have initiated an inquiry into the case. Strict action would be taken against the students involved in the incident.”

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