Sunday, August 08, 2010

Panic on campus as student alleges ragging

CHANDIGARH: Panic spread on Panjab University campus after a fresher of department of chemical engineering and technology alleged ragging. Shocked authorities swung into action after the student called his parents, saying "seniors took his introduction and made him dance in hostel". The student has submitted a written complaint to the hostel warden.

Official sources said his parents called the vice-chancellor office and informed the authorities about the incident. However, when PU officials met the student, he narrated the incident, but claimed that it was "not actually ragging".

Sources said the boy, who hailed from Delhi and resided in boys' hostel number three, on Tuesday evening called his father. His father then called the secretary to V-C who further informed the V-C about the incident. The hostel warden was asked to look into the matter, sources added.

MC Sidhu, warden of the hostel, confirmed that he had received a complaint and said he was verifying whether it was a ragging incident. However, when the warden showed pictures of hostel residents to him, he failed to identify the students. "He was shown pictures of other hostel residents too. But, he failed to recognise the students who came to his room. He does not even know the rooms of those students," sources added. T

hough the authorities were told about the incident in the evening, the hostel warden, even after questioning the student for hours, failed to ascertain whether ragging actually took place or not. "I am looking into the matter. We are yet to find out what had actually happened," Sidhu said. Following the incident, PU security guards were alerted and asked to conduct regular rounds in hostels. No police complaint was made till the filing of the report.

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