Sunday, November 20, 2011

JU boy lodges ragging complaint

KOLKATA: A complaint of ragging has been lodged by a first-year engineering student of Jadavpur University (JU) with the helpline of University Grants Commission (UGC).

The student has complained of physical torture and harassment by seniors in his hostel. "We have received a letter from the UGC informing us of the complaint. It requested the university to look into the matter," said JU registrar Pradip Kumar Ghosh.

He added, "We received the letter before the puja vacations. Since then, we have consistently tried to contact the victim who has alleged ragging. He is refusing to cooperate and is elusive. He resides outside the city and has not yet returned to the campus." The complaint has been lodged against three seniors. "We have not yet been able to form a committee to look into the matter since the fact-finding is still pending," informed Ghosh.

A first-year JU student complained on September 29 that he was subjected to intense physical and mental torture by senior engineering students at his hostel on the night of September 27. The student said his alleged tormentors threatened him with dire consequences if he went to the authorities against them. "A committee has already been formed to look into the matter. It is investigating the case," said the registrar.

On January 14, 2009, JU took the unprecedented decision of slapping a fine of Rs 5,000 on some students and Rs 10,000 on former students involved in ragging a girl of the architecture department a year earlier.

Cops suspect ragging complaint from Holkar College principal was a prank

Indore: No evidence of ragging was found in the Chandra Shekhar boys' hostel in police investigation on Tuesday. Police suspect the complaint received by Holkar College principal in this regard was a prank.

The police found no evidence of ragging in the hostel, as the students whose names have been mentioned in the complaint have not returned from their Diwali break till now.

Bhavarkuan police station in charge Anand Yadav told DNA that the complaint received by Holkar College principal was false. The unidentified complainant has not been tracked yet while others whom he accused of ragging are yet to come back from their hometown.

"We interrogated the students whose names were mentioned in the message and they denied of any such incident," said Yadav.

Holkar College principal Dr SL Garg was also present with the police during inspection.

"We unlocked the rooms to check if any student was locked inside as it was mentioned in the complaint message. But it was all fine. Students also denied of any such incident which allegedly took place on the weekend," he said. The police have confirmed that the names of all the 18 students including the senior and junior students who were allegedly a part of ragging mentioned in the SMS are the residents of the same hostel.

"We are trying to track the person who sent the complaint message to Dr Garg. Things will be clearer when the culprit is tracked," said Yadav.

Two engg students held for ragging junior

BANKURA : A second-year mechanical engineering student of Mallabhum Institute of Technology in Bankura's Bishnupur was on Sunday night allegedly assaulted by two drunk seniors - both fourth-year BTech students of mechanical engineering - who even threatened to shove him off the 4th-floor hostel terrace. Both Prithvijit Roy and Santanu Choudhury were arrested. The victim, Dwaipayan Ghosh, a Thakurpukur-resident, is being treated at the Bishnupur sub-divisional hospital.

Police said Prithvijit hails from Chandan Nagar in Hooghly and Santanu is from Kotolpur in Bankura.

Dwaipayan's roommate Subhroneel told TOI, "Around midnight, we were informed by another second-year student Rishab Maiti, incidentally a member of the Institute's anti-ragging committee, that we've been asked to meet the fourth-year seniors. Dwaipayan didn't let me go. He went there instead. Once there he was made to write that he'd misbehaved with seniors. They were drunk. After that Shantanu and Prithvijit, took him to the terrace and brutally assaulted him. They silenced him by saying that they'd shove him off the terrace otherwise."

Subhroneel said, "They didn't even let go off him them.

They pushed him down the stairs and entered our room. They hit him with steel utensils and even smashed the glassboard on his head. A few seniors tried to stop them but they paid no heed." Dwaipayan alleged that the seniors even burnt him with cigarette butts. "Later, my friends got me admitted to Bisnupur Hospital. I was released after being given first-aid. after giving first aid I have been released.

But today morning I started vomiting and fell ill. The hostel authorities then admitted me to the hospital once again," Dwaipayan said.

Hospital authorities said that the victim might have suffered internal injuries which could be ascertained after getting CT Scan reports.

On Monday, Bisnupur police took a complaint from Dwaipayan at the hospital and later arrested both the accused who pleaded innocence. They are in police custody have been kept at Bisnupur police station and will be produced in court on Tuesday.

Saran Kumar Sanyal, principal of the institute, Mallabhum Institute of Technology (MIT) told TOI that they have received complaints of ragging from a second-year student. "We have informed the police about the incident and the anti-ragging committee of the college will also probe the incident and take actions," he added.

Incidentally, Dwapipayan's batch-mate Ujjwal Anand , a first year B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering student of MIT in Bisnupur and from Dehri-on- Sone in Bihar fell on the ground from the terrace after being allegedly ragged by senior students, a year ago. Ujjwal is admitted to a Bihar hospital and is still in coma. and is admitted to a Bihar Hospital. by his parents, who are farmers. The College authority had admitted him to a super specialty hospital in Durgapur from Bisnupur SD Hospital after his condition deteriorated. But he failed to respond in treatment and is still in coma.

Committee to probe ragging

KOLKATA: Committee to probe ragging : The first-year Hindi student of Burdwan University, Aloka Mishra, was discharged from Burdwan Medical College Hospital (BMCH) on Thursday afternoon. Mishra , a boarder of Gargi Hostel,

was admitted on Wednesday after alleged ragging by seniors at the hostel. . Her father has taken Mishra back to their home in Asansol, Ganesh Mishra took her silently to her home in HirapurMishra was ragged by seniors at the hostel around 8pm on Wednesday. They even beat her up on charges of stealing mobile phones after which she fell ill.

Sources said that based on Mishra's written complaint to head of the department of Hindi, Rupa Gupta,

a committee was formed on Thursday to probe the incident. The pro vice-chancellor of Burdwan University, Saroshi Mohan Dawn is in New Delhi and was not available for his comments.

The senior girls said that neither of them ragged Mishra. They alleged instead that she had stolen clothes and mobile phones. and in fear of being punished, had brought allegations against them. Mishra refuted all charges and said that the senior girls have been ragging her physically and mentally since November 5. She said that two of her inmates were also ragged.

Mishra refuted the allegations and added, "I fell ill due to their raggingand my friends admitted me to BMCH yesterday evening

RIMS probe into ragging complaint

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has set up a three-member committee to probe a ragging case forwarded to it by Ranchi police on Saturday.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto confirmed this, saying the committee members are medical superintendent S.K. Choudhary and two senior doctors — Sheetal Malua and Dhirendra Birua. The team will have to submit a report within a week.

Mahto, however, refused to divulge more. “Let the matter be investigated first as the ragging took place about a month ago and the complaint reached police through the anti-ragging squad in New Delhi,” he said.

However, Bariatu OC Faguni Paswan, who forwarded the case to RIMS, said: “A first-year student, Sanjay Kumar, had lodged a complaint with the anti-ragging squad in Delhi, accusing a senior of slapping him and demanding Rs 2 lakh for giving him protection.” He did not disclose the name of the accused.

Asked why the student did not inform the RIMS authorities or Ranchi University, sources said he was frightened and had no faith in the institute management, which had tried to hush up the case.

A RIMS official supported the source’s stand. “This is the second time within a month that case of ragging has come to fore at RIMS. Earlier, in mid October a report of ragging with two girl students of institute had come to the fore and following the report, Ranchi University pro-vice chancellor, V.P. Sharan, had set up a two-member probe committee led by dean of student’s welfare C.S.P. Lugun. The team visited the RIMS campus and also submitted its report. But so far its finding has not come to the fore,” a RIMS official said.

Sharan confirmed that a committee was set up but he expressed his inability to say anything about its findings. “The matter is old. I remember that I had set up a committee to probe incident of ragging at RIMS but I do not remember the findings of the committee,” he pointed out.

Five students charged with ragging junior

The police registered cases against five B.Tech. students studying at Warangal Institute of Technology and Science (WITS) on charges of ragging on college campus at Gudeppadu of Atmapur mandal in the district.

It was alleged that a junior student, E. Rohit Reddy, of B.Tech. first year was forced to smoke a cigarette and undress on the road. He brought it to the notice of college authorities who in turn complained to the police.

A senior student, K. Ranapratap, was booked under charges of ragging and four others are being interrogated, police said.

Police probe begins into Sainik School 'ragging'

Kodarma (Jharkhand), Nov 15 (PTI) The police today began questioning 'victims' of Sainik School, Tilaiya, after news channels aired footage of senior students beating up juniors, while the school authorities said the footage was at least a year old. "No FIR has been filed by anyone on the incident. Investigations are on," Koderma Superintendent of Police Shambhu Thakur told PTI over phone. The video showed at least seven students were being beaten up with belts by seniors. But, Thakur said: "Three of them denied to have been beaten up. Another student, now at his home in Gumla, also denied." The police were trying to contact another student, whom the media quoted as saying that he was in Ranchi and scared of returning to school following the incident, said the SP who visited the school yesterday. Registrar of the School, Abhitabh Ranjan, presented one of the students, Sonu Satyam, before an education department official after the media reported that he had fled the school following the 'ragging'. Claiming that the purported video footage shown in the news channels appeared at least one year old, he said one of the guards Chunchun, spotted in the footage, was removed nearly a year ago, indicating the incident to be a year old. Meanwhile, he said, a complaint box was today placed in the school, asking junior students write slips about ragging and put them inside it. So far no slip was found, the registrar added. Following a direction by the Patna High Court to have a probe, District Education Officer Narayan Vishvas visited the school today.

NIT student from Delhi commits suicide

WARANGAL (AP): An MTech student from Delhi at the National Institute of Technology here allegedly committed suicide after jumping from the seventh floor of the hostel building located in the institute campus today, police said.

23-year-old Ankur Bharadwaj, who belongs to Delhi, died on the spot, they said.

"It was still unclear what forced him to take the extreme step," a senior police officer said, adding initial investigations said he was of a spiritual nature.

He was said to be confused as to whether to continue with his studies and become a professor or to become a spiritual guru, the officer said, rejecting media reports that alleged ragging by seniors drove him to end his life.

Eight students suspended for ragging

Ghaziabad: Eight students of a management institute in Sahibabad here were suspended from college on Thursday after they were found guilty of ragging their juniors.

"These students have been causing a lot of trouble for the newcomers. After a discussion with the college's management, we have decided to suspend them," Chairman of the institute H P Gupta said.

He said the names of the students have been sent to the District Magistrate and the Ghaziabad SSP to initiate legal action against them.

‘Ragging’ at marine engineering college

KOLKATA, 25 OCT: A student of a private marine engineering college at Sankrail in Howrah today lodged a complaint alleging that he and some other second-year students were ragged by their seniors.
Rajib Ganguly (name changed), a second-year student of Bachelor of Nautical Science, said seven students of the third year beat him up and some of his classmates on 23 October night after they refused to do some odd jobs ordered by their seniors. “The torture is now unbearable,” he said.
Even after repeated requests and appeal the college authorities did not take any steps. Instead they suspended a victim considering him to be the root of all trouble, he alleged.
He alleged that the third year students torture their juniors in connivance with the hostel warden. “They took us to the hostel warden's room on 23 October night and forced us to write that we have beaten up some students of third year.”
Rajib's parents have brought him back home. They would send their ward back to the hostel once the environment improves, his mother said.
A police officer said that a clash broke out between two groups of students following a scuffle. But, the police are probing whether the clash broke out after the second-year students protested against ragging. The college authorities could not be contacted.

Engineering student ''fakes'' ragging

Guntur (AP), Oct 23 (PTI) Allegedly upset over admonishment by his father for ignoring studies, a student of a private polytechnic college in the district today "faked" ragging and tried to blame it on senior students, police said.

G Gopi Vijaya, a first year student of a polytechnic college in Chilakaluripet town of the district, consumed a small quantity of pesticide in his hostel room and created a scene alleging he was ragged by senior students who made him to consume pesticide, they said.

According to police, Gopi was admonished by his father for neglecting studies and faked the entire incident.

He was rushed to a private hospital and is "out of danger," they said.

Blamed for ragging, students told to leave hostel in Amritsar

AMRITSAR: The students of architecture department of Guru Nanak Dev University who were blamed for ragging their juniors were on Saturday told to vacate their hostel rooms.

On October 17, sources said some first-year students of the architecture department were ragged by those studying the third-year of the course in the same department. Victims made a written complaint to dean student welfare Mohan Pal S Ishar, who formed a disciplinary committee to probe the matter.

Those blamed were questioned on October 18, and they confessed to their wrongdoing. Sources said the dean recommended the action to vice-chancellor A S Brar that the students be asked to leave the hostel, and the VC approved the recommendation.

Dean student welfare Ishar told TOI that "nine students of the third-year were involved in the ragging incident". "They tortured the juniors mentally and told them to do odd acts," Ishar said.

Ragging accused escape campus - Cops question principal

Muzaffarpur, Oct. 21: Police today quizzed the principal of Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT), Dhuruv Prasad, in connection with the alleged ragging of Pankaj Kumar, a first-year student, who fled the institute on Wednesday night.

The police said Prasad refuted Pankaj’s claim that the latter met him with a ragging complaint against his seniors.

Deputy superintendent of police (town), Baccha Singh said the principal said Pankaj had applied for college-leaving certificate to prepare for competitive banking (probationary officer) examinations.

Pankaj, a student of information technology, had claimed in his police complaint that five college seniors ragged him for over seven days (since October 13) after which he decided to leave the college.

The police today conducted a search operation in the hostels to interrogate the five accused.

However, all five seniors have fled the institute fearing trouble after the FIR. Singh said: “The Barhampura police have been asked to procure addresses of the accused from the MIT office.”

Prasad told the police that Pankaj was unable to cope with the study pressure and denied having met the student ever. The police have recorded his statement.

Singh said that Pankaj told him over the phone from Munger that Prasad was lying about the meeting to protect institution and its “wayward” senior students from legal action. Pankaj claimed the principal is hand-in-glove with the tormentors.

The DSP also said Pankaj refuted the principal’s claim of taking bank probationary officer examination as he is not yet a graduate, a criterion for appearing in such tests.

Law students allege ragging in hostel

ALLAHABAD: In an alleged case of ragging, some LLB-I year students of Allahabad University who were inmates of Shatabadi Hostel were ragged by LLB-V year semester students outside the hostel.

According to reports, the victims were reportedly verbally abused, threatened and made to perform sit-ups for failing to recognize and extend due salutations to a LLB 5th semester student by him and two of his friends. The three, who were not inmates of the said hostel, were in an inebriated state and one of them even took out a country-made weapon to force them to do their command.

The university officials, who are treating this as an incident of clash between two groups of students, have begun an inquiry. "I have received the complaint. Prima facie it seems to be an incident of clash between two groups of students, which some vested interests are trying to give a shape of ragging. An inquiry panel had been formed by me and the matter is being looked into," said the chief proctor Prof Jata Shankar. But as per the complaint filed by the freshers with the hostel and the university officials, the incident took place on Sunday night at around 10.30 pm. According to the reports, four LLB I semester students of section-B of Law Faculty and inmates of Shatabadi Hostel - Pankaj, Mayank, Gyanendra and Mrityunjay- were taking a post-dinner walk near the hostel gate when a LLB 5th semester student Vaibhav along with two others whom they did not recognise cornered them and demanded that they perform sit-ups for failing to greet their seniors.

The LLB-I students then lodged a complaint regarding ragging with the Dean Students Welfare (DSW) Prof RK Singh and their course coordinator Prof BP Singh on Monday, both of whom forwarded the complaint to the AU proctor Prof Jata Shankar.

According to reports, the victims were reportedly verbally abused, threatened and made to perform sit-ups for failing to recognize and extend due salutations to a LLB 5th semester student by him and two of his friends.

Assolna boy beaten in Belgaum

Margao/BELGAUM: Assolna resident Stavlon Cardozo, a second year student at an engineering college in Belgaum, was hit by one of his seniors allegedly with an iron rod late Sunday evening. Cardozo was rushed to KLES hospital, where he is undergoing treatment, sources said. Cardozo's parents rushed to Belgaum on Monday after being informed about the incident and their son's hospitalization.

Speaking to TOI from Belgaum, Cardozo family members said that the boy was still in the ICU, but doctors have pronounced him out of danger. "He has sustained head injuries. His condition is now improving," the family member said. The incident took place after an argument between Stavlon and his assailant at the hostel mess on Friday morning.

"The senior barged into Stavlon's room and assaulted him with an iron rod," the family member said.

The college chairperson Rajashri Halagekar has denied that the incident had taken place due to ragging.

MBA student ends life due to ‘ragging’

Tirupati, October 23: A 21-year-old MBA first year student Sinduja committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling in her house at Puttur on Thursday night due to alleged ragging by her senior.

The incident came to light late as the girl's family members chose not to approach the police or question the management over the reasons for their daughter's death. Sinduja was a student of Siddhartha College in Puttur and her family shifted from their native village Madanambedu in Satyavedu mandal to Puttur for her studies. She had resorted to the extreme act at around 8 p.m when her parents were not in the house.

The family secretly shifted the body to the girl's grandmother's village in Nellore and performed the last rites. Puttur police said as they had not received any complaint from the girl's parents so far, no case was registered. It is being rumoured the girl had purportedly written in her diary the reason for her suicide as ragging. The family members are tight lipped over the incident raising doubts whether the girl took the extreme step due to ragging or family problems.

Ragging raises its ugly head in city college

Two first year students of Samvaad Institute of Speech and Hearing, Hebbal, had filed a complaint with the police claiming they were humiliated by their seniors. Police find seven girls to be involved in the incidents

Some call it the ‘initiation process’ and others ‘getting familiar’, but for two first year students of Samvaad Institute of Speech and Hearing, Hebbal, it was plain ragging at its very worst.

Mudassir Ali and Vishal Kumar Mourya, students of the Bachelor in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (BSLPA) course, claim that they were ordered by their seniors to demonstrate how to commit suicide, make out with a pillow, dance nude and run chores. All as part of ragging sessions. It got to a point where the students could stand it no longer.
They complained to the college administration, but with no action being taken, Mourya, who hails from Delhi, filed a complaint with the anti-ragging squad in Delhi. The Delhi unit in turn asked the Hebbal police to investigate the matter. Police investigations have revealed one startling fact: Of the 10 accused in the case, seven are girls. They are all students of the Master in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (MASLP) course.

The incident has left college authorities stunned and flies in the face of state government claims that ragging has been rooted out from college campuses. Police arrested one of three male students accused in the case, while the two other boys are absconding. The girls have been let off with a warning that they would be expelled from the college and would also be arrested if they are found indulging in ragging again.

Classes for the undergraduate course began in the third week of September and the ragging began almost immediately.

In their complaint with the anti-ragging squad, Mourya and Ali claim they were made to demonstrate the act of committing suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan and were forced to strip in front of the female students and dance naked. They were even forced to sweep the rooms of their seniors and do chores like carrying water.

The complaint with the anti-ragging squad was filed on September 30 and Hebbal police were informed on October 1. The next day, police arrested one of the accused.

Fearing reprisals from his seniors, Mourya returned to his home in Delhi. Meanwhile, Ali was expelled from the college because he “had not submitted proper documents at the time of admission”.

The Samvaad Institute filed a counter complaint at the Hebbal police station on October 3 claiming that Ali, Mourya and the student arrested by the police had misbehaved at a party to welcome new students on October 1 and had also created nuisance in front of the girls’ hostel on the morning of October 3.

Police, however, say that Mourya could not have been a party to the October 3 incident — if indeed there was such an incident — as he had left for Delhi on October 2.

Mohammed Sharif Ravuthara, inspector, Hebbal police station, said, “We arrested one student on October 2. On October 3 the college administration registered a complaint against Mourya and Ali for creating nuisance near ladies’ hostel and disturbance at the college function.”

When contacted, Radhika Pooviah, principal of Samvaad institute, said, “We have suspended all the three boys involved in the incident for a week. The girls have been warned. Mourya has just returned for exams, while Ali is not a student of our college. He came for 10 days just to see the college.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

One student expelled, 4 suspended over ragging incident in NIFT, Kangra

DHARAMSALA: Junior students of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Chheb in Kangra were reportedly ragged inside the campus last Friday by senior students. Four final year students, involved in the incident, have been suspended, while one was expelled, after the matter was reported to the authorities.

Confirming the suspension of five students, officiating registrar, NIFT, Pankaj Rastogi said that five students were found guilty of ragging, who were suspended temporarily from the institution. "We have also referred the matter to our New Delhi head office and have recommended stern action against the students involved," Rastogi said.

A disciplinary committee was constituted to enquire into the incident of ragging after junior students lodged a complaint with anti-ragging committee of the institution against five senior students, charging them with ragging the juniors on October 6 and 7 in the hostel, he said.

Maintaining that the management has taken the matter seriously, Rastogi said the accused students have been barred from entering the classes while one student has been expelled from hostel immediately after the committee submitted its report.

"The management is very serious about the ragging incident and has taken action against the culprits as per NIFT guidelines. The accused behaved rudely with junior students, though nothing harsh happened. The institute is committed to stop such incidents, hence the action against accused," he added.

NIFT at Kangra, second in north India after NIFT, New Delhi, was opened in August 2009. The ragging incident is the first such case in its two years of functioning.

However, this is the second incident of ragging in educational institutions of Kangra district within a week. Recently five students of a private university at Palampur were arrested for ragging their juniors.

Police firing fuels protests in Kerala

TRIVANDRUM — The police firing on left student activists protesting at alleged illegal admission to a student in the Government Engineering College at Calicut on Monday fuelled protests in the Kerala Assembly and across the state on Tuesday.
While the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led opposition Left Democratic Front stalled the proceedings in the Assembly, activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) went on a rampage in several places, attacking the police and damaging public properties.

Opposition members trooped into the well of the house shouting slogans against the police and the state government after Speaker G Karthikeyan denied leave for an adjournment motion on the police action against the students. The house was later adjourned for the day.

The opposition continued their protests in the house even after the adjournment. They called off the sit-in after about an hour following the intervention of the speaker.

The adjournment motion was moved by Pradeep Kumar of the CPI (M) demanding a judicial probe into the incident in which Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Radhakrishna Pillai opened fire on protesting SFI activists at Calicut. They also demanded the immediate removal of the police officer. Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan said that the situation at Calicut did not warrant police firing. The police resorted to firing due to the United Democratic Front (UDF) government’s policy to suppress the students’ agitations.

Expressing regret over the police action, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy indicated action against the police officer concerned. However, he questioned the opposition stir against the admission of the student, saying that the student had discontinued his study following ragging by the SFI activists. The SFI attitude that the student will not be allowed to resume his study anywhere in the state was not acceptable to the government. He said several such students were given admission during the LDF rule. Owning responsibility for the admission, the chief minister said that the government would lend all help to Nirmal Madhav if he wanted to continue his study in Kerala.

Meanwhile, the state-wide protests called by the SFI to protest against the police action turned violent in several places. At Kannur, the activists threw stones at the police and stoned the camp office of the inspector-general of police and the residence of the district superintendent of police.

The SFI activists stoned the collectorate at Palghat and pelted policemen with stones in Trichur district. Several media persons were also injured in the clash between the police and the students.

Ragging Case Reported at Polytechnic Institute

Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday filed an FIR against five Government Polytechnic Institute students at Pataliputra Colony after a student complained of being harassed by some his seniors.
City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande, after being informed about the ragging case by none other than the Speaker of Bihar Assembly Uday Narayan Chowdhary, rushed to the college and quizzed the ragging victim and college staff.
The student who was identified as Amresh Kumar, with tears rolling down his eyes, told the police that he was being ragged by five students of the sixth semester.
A search of the campus produced no result but the police continue to look for Amresh's tormentors.
It is not known how the Speaker of the House come to know about the alleged ragging case.
"We have zero tolerance for ragging at our institute and once identified, these students will be expelled," a college spokesperson said.

5 students arrested for ragging at Palampur

Dharamshala: Five students of Sri Sai University were booked under the HP Educational Institutional Prohibition Ragging Act 2009 on the complaint of Arun Katoch a BBA student of the University and resident of Bhuhana yesterday, police said here today.
D.S.Thakur, SSP kangra told HimVani that Arun Katoch resident of Kosab (Bhuhana) a BBA student of the Sai University at Palampur had lodged a report with Police that he was allegedly ragged by five students of B.Tech of the same university.
SSP Kangra said that Rocky, resident of Mumta, Gourav resident of Ghuggar, Abhishek resident of Bindravan, Anchal Thakur resident of Bhatti (Bhawarana) and Shanti Bhushan were arrested under section 147, 149, 323, 506 and Section 3 of HP Educational Institutional Prohibition Ragging Act 2009 and were produced before the court of JMIC Palampur today and were remanded to police custody for two days.
They are to be produced before the court on October 13, 2011.

Engineering students roughed up in TN hostel

PALAKKAD: It is a tale of woe for 400-odd students from Kerala who are studying in a private engineering college near Salem. On Friday, the students were beaten up by outsiders in the college hostel, injuring 30 of them.
There was a great deal of linguistic discrimination by the management of the college. There were discrepancies in fees, and communications from� homes were not passed on to the students.
“On Friday evening we had protested against the warden of the hostel. Instead of amicably resolving the issue, some toughies were brought in. They hit us with computer cables, sticks and chains“, says Ranjith (name changed), a first-year student of the college.
After the incident, around 250 first-year students went to the Palakkad District Hospital on Saturday night. But as no complaint was registered, the hospital authorities were unwilling to admit them. The students fear dismissal from the college if they register complaints.
“The minimum fine slapped on the students for a misdemeanor has been `25,000. Most of the times, therefore, the students keep mum to the injustices meted out to them”, said Afzal (name changed),another student. The parents of the injured students took home the students from the hospital. Except for 150-odd final-semester students, all the students from Kerala have left the hostel.
Palakkad South Police, who recorded the statements, said that the students were unwilling to disclose the names of their assailants.
“Nobody is willing to disclose their names. Therefore no cases has been registered. They fear reprisal by the management”, said senior police officer K Suresh Kumar.
Later, the hostel was closed down and the first-year students were taken in the college bus and dropped at Erode railway station and the second-year students at the Salem railway station.
The practical examinations are to be held on Monday. But the students fear that the management may prevent them from taking it. The management continues to term the incidents at the college as a case of ragging by the students. Instead of taking action against the guilty, it had suspended 80 students from Kerala.
In the afternoon, the students submitted a memorandum to Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan at the PWD resthouse were he had promised to raise the issue in the Assembly and put pressure on the UDF Government to take up the issue with its counterpart in Tamil Nadu.

Five students booked for ragging in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Criminal cases were slapped against five students of a university in Udaipur on Friday after a first-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) student went into depression after he was ragged, police said.

Mohanlal Sukhadia University's student Sanjay Chauhan alleged he was made to stand in unusual postures and thrashed severely by his seniors when he protested. He claimed that he was "harassed physically and mentally".

The varsity authorities have also issued notices to the accused students and referred the matter to the university's disciplinary committee.

Police said the incident took place at the university's Science College in Udaipur Thursday, 400 km from here.

Chauhan alleged in his police complaint that Harish Kapaliya, Hemant Raigar, Ankit Paliwal, Arvind and Saurabh Choudhary thrashed him severely when he tried to protest the ragging.

A police officer told IANS: "We have lodged a first information report for wrongful restraint and voluntarily causing hurt."

The incident comes close on the heels of a ragging incident in Jodhpur's Jai Narain Vyas University where 16 students were booked for ragging an engineering student Monday.

Keeping in view the increasing number of ragging incidents in Rajasthan, some universities have made it mandatory for all the students to sign an affidavit during admissions stating that they would not indulge in any ragging-related activities.

Acting on Supreme Court directives, some higher education institutions have equipped themselves with CCTV cameras and asked the student counsellors to check ragging activities. However, many colleges have failed to comply with the norms.

Students stage protest over ragging issue

VARANASI: A suspected incidence of ragging at the Birla 'A' Hostel under the faculty of arts, Banaras Hindu University, brought the varsity officials on their toes. Students of BA first year of the department of Ancient Indian History and Culture also staged a protest near the faculty building on Thursday.

The incidence came to light when Laxman Tiwari, one of the orthopaedically handicapped students (BA first year) of the department living at Birla A Hostel, allegedly received a threat from his room mate and senior, another OH category student (BA third year). The matter was reported to hostel warden. The varsity officials also swung into action to pacify the students. The proctorial board members were also called to ensure law and order.

However, talking to TOI, chairman of anti-ragging squad, BHU, KK Singh said preliminary reports of the incident did not suggest ragging as written complaints made by Laxman Tiwari indicated his desire to change the room, citing problems in adjustments with his senior. The statement of the student would be taken on Friday and proper investigation would be made in the matter, he added.

‘Ragging’ at JU

A first-year BPharm student at Jadavpur University has accused his seniors of ragging him at the university’s main hostel off Prince Anwar Shah Road, the dean of student affairs said on Wednesday.

According to the complaint, he was assaulted on the roof of the hostel for an hour.

“Ritesh Kumar came to my office but I was not there. My office staff sent him to the director of youth and welfare, Bappaditya Mallick,” dean Rajat Ray said in the evening.

“I have heard that he had lodged a verbal complaint with Mallick. The university authorities are trying to find out what had happened at the hostel,” added Ray.

Ritesh is from Ara in Bhojpur district of Bihar.

Director of youth and welfare Mallick was not available for comment.

Kumar is likely to lodge a written complaint on Thursday, said a source.

Ragging attempt at Polytechnic: Senior chases junior with knife

Scenes like straight out of a Bollywood film played out at Government Polytechnic College in Ambawadi on Monday when a senior student of the institute ordered his junior to drop his pants and later chased him with an open knife when the latter refused to oblige. In the end, police managed to caught the senior after the junior shouted for help.

The incident took place at 3:30pm when three friends Mayank Desai, Sawan Barot and Nagji Desai, all first year student of the institute were chatting at their college gate. Meanwhile, a black Swift car pulled in and their senior Dhiraj Rathod came out of it his five friends.

"Rathod came to us asked me to lower my pants. As I refused, he took a knife out of his car and charged towards me. We all three ran for our life and cried for help. Hearing my shouts, policemen stationed on our campus gave a chase to Rathod and nabbed him," Desai said.

Desai has lodged a written complaint with the college authorities and is now waiting for the response of the anti-ragging committee of the institute.

When quizzed on the incidence, in-charge principal of college, professor NR Pandya said, "Yes, it is true that we have received the written complaint and we are looking into it. After probe, we will take appropriate action," he said.

However, the professor added that they would not take any rash decision in the matter. "We don't want to tarnish any student's image by lodging a police complaint. Hence after the committee has decided upon the issue and if the senior is found guilty, we shall lodge a complaint." Sources claimed that two days back, few students had created a ruckus inside the college campus and Rathod was one of troublemakers.

Absconding polytechnic students yet to be nabbed

KANPUR: The city police are yet to nab the three students of government polytechnic who went absconding after manhandling their juniors on Sunday. Five students were caught by the staff of polytechnic and handed over to the police on Sunday. Three other students had managed to flee. The administration of polytechnic had registered a complaint against eight students after they manhandled their juniors.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning when a group of polytechnic students thrashed one Ajay Kumar Yadav, a first-year student. The injured student framed charges of ragging and informed the institute's administration about the harassment being faced by the junior students at the hostels.

Principal, government polytechnic, G S Rai and chief proctor D K Rudra on Sunday evening raided the hostels to nab the senior students but they managed to flee from the spot.

The incident has perturbed the students who have taken admission into the institute this year. The students of the institute, on the condition of anonymity, said that they are being forced by their seniors to leave the hostel rooms allotted to them by the institute administration.

They said when this move is being opposed, so they are ragged and manhandled. They are also being threatened to not inform the institute's administration about it.

A teacher of the institute said that armed policemen would be deployed at hostels of the junior students to avoid repetition of such acts.

4 engg students suspended for ragging juniors

7 law students suspended for ragging

Raipur, Sep 11: Seven students of the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) located in New Raipur were suspended from University hostel and fined for ragging four of their juniors.
The four freshers pursuing BA LLB had lodged a complaint with Vice-Chancellor Prof Sukhpal Singh after they were allegedly abused and beaten up by the accused on Thursday.

Taking cognisance of the ragging complaint--reported for the first time since inception of the law University in 2003--an Anti-Ragging Committee yesterday found the seven students (all from 3rd semister) guilty of the charges, and recommended their immediate suspension from the hostel.

The committee further slapped a fine ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 on four of them considering the gravity of the crime.

According to Vice-Chancellor Prof Singh, all the seven students had also been barred from participating in any events and activities of the Varsity in and outside the state while pursuing the degree course.

13 students fined Rs25,000 each for ragging in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: The Government Medical College in Aurangabad has fined 13 final year students Rs 25,000 each for ragging a fresher, in what might be the first such case of its kind in Maharashtra.

The 13 seniors were accused of coercing the victim into playing cricket with them in the rain despite his repeated entreaties and protests. A day later, he took seriously ill. An inquiry into the incident found the 13 MBBS students guilty of ragging.

On receiving a complaint, we instituted a probe as per the guidelines prescribed under the anti-ragging act, said college dean K S Bhopale. After it confirmed that the student was ragged, we fined each guilty senior Rs 25,000 and banned them from participating in cultural activities.

The Medical Council of India prescribes a range of punishments contingent on the gravity of the ragging offence. Among the penalties are suspension from classes, rustication for one to four semesters and a fine of Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh.

The Aurangabad ragging incident occurred on September 4, when the students were staging a cricket match between juniors and seniors on the college ground. The victim, explaining his poor health, tried to excuse himself from the contest, but the seniors blockaded the exit. Bowing down to the pressure, he played out the match. The very next day, he fell ill with high fever.

His father complained in writing to Bhopale, who set up a committee headed by the college's senior-most professor, S T Khan, to probe the allegation. Khan recorded the statements of the senior students and the victim, Bhopale said. Other junior students claimed there was no ragging. But the committee confirmed the victim's complaint and recommended suitable action against errant seniors.

RIMS denies ragging slur

A two-member team constituted by Ranchi University to probe the alleged ragging incident at the girl’s hostel of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) was stumped on Friday with officials of the medical college denying any such incident having taken place on the campus.

The team, led by dean of student’s welfare C.S.P Lugun, visited the RIMS campus this morning and interacted with students, none of whom came forward with any complaints, sources said.

College authorities, including RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and head of the eye department S.N. Choudhary, also denied having any clue about the incident.

“The incident was only reported in a section of the media and nobody has approached us with any specific complaint,” Mahto said.

He added that the anti-ragging squad of the college was active and had been alerted to keep an eye out for any suspicious incidents.

“I have directed all my staff and the members of the anti-ragging squad to be extra cautious. Surprise raids will be conducted from time to time in order to check any ragging-related incidents. The local police station too has been requested to step up patrolling near the hostels after sundown,” Mahto said.

The director, however, stated that he had received a written complaint from a group of girls of the 2008-batch in which some reporters of the electronic media had been accused of misbehaviour.

“The complaint said that the reporters asked certain questions to the girls which were against their modesty. We will probe the issue,” Mahto said.

RU pro-vice chancellor V.P. Sharan said action, if any, would be taken after the investigators filed their report .

“We did not want to take any chances and had constituted and rushed a team to RIMS to find out the truth. The investigating officials will take into account versions of the director, the dean, the hostel warden and students before filing their report,” Sharan said.

The investigators, on their part, chose to remain mum.

HC takes self motivated cognizance, issues notices to JNVU, MBM College dean over ragging

Jodhpur: Taking self-motivated cognizance of the Bhaskar report on MBM College ragging incident, Rajasthan High Court has summoned response from the varsity and college dean.

Justice Gopal Krishna Vyas has issued show cause notices and demanded response from Jai Narayan Vyas University (JNVU) and MBM College dean.

Kamal Meena had complained to the hostel authorities in MBM College that his son Shailendra Meena, was tortured in the name of ragging on September 15. The student was so terrified by the incident that he left college and went back to his home in Jaipur the very next day. Shailendra is a first year student of engineering.

It must be noted that the hostel administration had suspended 15 students before Kamal filed his complaint.

Haryana: Student stabbed for resisting ragging attempt

Panipat: In a shocking incident, a first-year student of the RN Engineering College, Matloda, was stabbed by his seniors outside college gates on Wednesday afternoon after he resisted their attempt to rag him.

The victim has suffered injuries in stomach and legs. The farmers working on the nearby fields took the injured boy to the Panipat Civil Hospital.

The victim Deepak, a first-year student of Medical Trade, said that his seniors had tried to remove his pants when he went bathroom earlier in the day. Though, they left when Deepak objected, but, they had other plans.

At 3pm around 15-16 students stopped and stabbed him with knife as Deepak stepped out of the college premises.

The police did not turn up till late at night to record the Deepak’s statement after the incident.

Even the college authority has turned a blind eye towards the incident. No one from the college administration came to the hospital or inquired about the victim’s condition. When the Bhaskar team tried to contact the college chairman AR Sharma his phone was switched off.

Patna College student expelled

PATNA: Patna College has decided to expel BA part I geography honours student Nitish Kumar from the institution for his alleged misbehaviour with his fellow students, including girls.

College principal Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said that the decision to expel the student was taken by the discipline committee and anti-ragging squad of the college after hearing both the student and his guardian on Tuesday.

Surprisingly enough, about 10 days back, this student had complained of his ragging by some senior students. But, on inquiry, it was found that the boy himself indulged in ragging others and harassing girl students, said the principal.

Here, ragging cases refuse to die

MYSORE: University of Mysore (UoM) constituent Maharaja College is in news for a wrong reason.

While ragging stands nearly eliminated from city colleges, a student from Maharaja College was beaten up by a group of seniors when the former failed to abide by their diktat.

According to a source, the incident took place on Monday afternoon at the hostel which located adjacent to the college. Sources say the first-year-degree student, who recently took admission to the hostel, went to the mess to have a dinner on Monday night. However, he was bullied and asked by his seniors to wash their plates. This uncouth group also included students who had passed out of college and was staying in the hostel without permission. When the victim refused to wash the plates, he was brutally beaten up.

However, another source had a different version of the incident and disclosed that two students of first year BA hailing from a village in Kollegal taluk were going to mess. On the way, they accidentally brushed their shoulders against a senior student. At that time, the seniors asked the two students to behave properly and apologize for the incident. But they refused to apologize saying that they have done nothing wrong. At this point, six seniors beat up the juniors.

When the students approached the police, the city's former mayor sensing the gravity of the incident intervened and persuaded the victim to withdraw his complaint. "Though initially the student was reluctant to withdraw the complaint, he was forced to do so," a source said.

However, police who took note of the incident, issued a non-cognizable report. Four students have tendered their written apology to cops, whereas those students who passed out from college five years ago, were allowed to leave.

Meanwhile, a college teacher told TOI that officials' failure to check the overstaying of students is the reason for such ugly incidents.

Three students expelled for ragging

Varanasi, Sep 20 (PTI) Acting tough on an incident of ragging, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) here has expelled three students for one year for allegedly harassing a junior student.The students -- Umashankar Shukla, Rajiv Pandey and Nand Kumar -- pursuing BAFA at the University have been expelled for one year after taking congisance of the 'Anti-Ragging Committee' report, Rajesh Singh, chairman of college Press, Publicity and Publication (PPP) cell, said."They would, however, be allowed to complete their BAFA after the one year expulsion period but would not be given admission for further studies in the BHU," he said.A third year BAFA student was allegedly ragged by the three students on the night of September 12.After taking cognisance of the student's complaint, the committee was directed by the college administration to conduct an inquiry and submit a report, he said.This is the third reported incident of ragging in BHU.PTI CORR KAP

Orissa orders departmenal probe into Eng. College ragging

Bhubaneswar, Sept 20 (PTI) Orissa government today ordered a departmental inquiry into the alleged ragging incident in a private engineering college on the outskrit of the state capital."A committee headed by Industries secretary will probe the alleged incidents of ragging at Gandhi Institute of Technological Advancement (GITA) where students of first year and fouth year clashed," Industries Minister Raghunath Mohanaty told reporters here.Stating that he had asked authorities to take stringent action against the students involved in the alleged ragging incident, the minister said that the college concerned would be held responsible if the ragging was proved.The clash between senior and junior engineering students took place yesterday over some dispute during celebration of Viswakarma puja on Saturday. Some students of fourth year allegedly passed comments on girls belonging to first year which led to a clash after which the college was closed sine die.At least 10 students including some girls, were injured in the incident, said Jatani police station inspector-in-charge K K Panigrahi."The students were taken to hospital,"Panigrahi said adding he was awaiting a formal complaint from the college authorities.The junior students had meanwhile given written complaint to the college principal alleging ragging by their seniors, police said.Meanwhile, the state's higher education department has reconstituted the state-level anti-ragging committee headed by the Governor M C Bhandare."Governor being head of the anti-ragging committee can exercise his powers to direct the secretaries/government officers/head of institutions to take necessary action, if he feels the steps taken are not appropriate," the notification issued by the higher education department said.Besides the governor, ministers of higher education, industries, health and family welfare, agriculture were members of the committee. Chief secretary, secetaries of different departments and vice-chancellors of all state and central universities were also members of the committee.Among its responsibilities, the state level anti- ragging committee is to issue suitable instructions to all the universities to be alert with regard to ragging, the notification said.

MGM thinks indiscipline, but for DAVV it's ragging


Three days after news of vulgar posters pasted all over at MGM Medical College, the college administration has done nothing but constituted a probe panel to look into the matter.

The DAVV has taken the matter seriously and now is preparing to send a notice to the medical college.

Notably, some 'senior'students of the medical college prepared the 'Beauty List Topper'by selecting 10 beautiful girls of the college and pasted some objectionable pictures of s with the girls'names all over the medical college.

After the news published in media, the college administration removed those posters and ordered an inquiry into the matter. Till date, no progress has been made in this regard.

But, the university has taken the matter seriously and considered it as 'ragging'. It is of the view that the new students have been mentally harassed by this act of their seniors and thus it should be considered as 'ragging'in the college. The anti- ragging committee official of the DAVV Dr Rajeev Dixit is now preparing to send a notice to the college administration in this regard.

Talking to Free Press, he said that the college would receive this notice on Tuesday. He said that he had also constituted a four- member committee to probe the matter.

Varsity student assaulted, made to consume liquor

Lucknow, Sep 19 (IANS) Four senior students of an Uttar Pradesh university have been booked for physically abusing their junior, forcing him to remove his clothes and consume liquor in a case of ragging, police said Monday.
Abhishek Singh, Purasharth Pandey, Rishikesh Singh and Girish, all enrolled in B.A. third year at Bundelkhand University in Jhansi district, brutally assaulted a first-year B.A. student, Rituraj Kumar, Saturday outside the campus in Nawabad area, police said.
‘After intercepting Rituraj outside the campus, the four students took him to a secluded place and forced him to act as a male stripper and consume liquor. Later, they assaulted Rituraj after he told them he would report the matter to the varsity authorities,’ police inspector Naseem Khan told reporters in Jhansi, some 250 km from Lucknow.
Bundelkhand University is a state government-run institution.
‘A case against the four students was registered late Sunday after the victim approached us along with his medical reports,’ he added.
According to police, all the four senior students are absconding.
‘We have sought assistance from the university officials for nabbing the students,’ said

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Panel to look into PU ragging

CHANDIGARH: Panjab University (PU) has constituted a four-member sub-committee to look into the ragging allegations levelled by the first-year student of chemical engineering department against a second-year student.

According to PU officials, father of the victim had sent an e-mail to the department chairperson on September 12.

Besides, a separate complaint against his senior Sushil Gupta was filed by the victim on the same day.

"This is one odd incident of ragging on PU campus, which has come to light after nearly three years. We would not take it leniently and taking cognizance of the complaint, the accused was suspended on the recommendations of the anti-corruption cell of chemical engineering department," dean university instructions B S Brar said.

"Following this, we have formed a sub-committee to look into this matter," said Brar. According to the complaint, the victim was residing in PU's hostel number-I and he had accused his senior (inmate of same hostel) of bullying him. The complaint said Gupta used to call the complainant to his room at odd hours and ask him to bring eatables from hostel canteen. PU authorities have sealed the room of Gupta.

However, there were reports that victim's father had sent another e-mail to the department chairperson on Thursday and withdrew the complaint. Chemical engineering department chairperson refused to comment.

Reality bites ragging boast

Patna, Sept. 15: The Patna College authorities had to eat crow today, as a first-year student was ragged on the college campus when they were trying to advertise the institution as a “no ragging, no eve-teasing” hub.

The ragging occurred when the college principal, Lal Keshwar Prasad Singh, was addressing a news meet at the seminar hall of the college disapproving the media reports on a few recent incidents of ragging and eve-teasing at the institution this session. The first-year boy, Nitish Kumar, was ragged in a classroom adjacent to the seminar hall.

A first-year geography (honours) student, Nitish was allegedly ragged by his seven seniors. Recalling the incident, Nitish said: “I was waiting for my history subsidiary class when three boys asked me to come out of the classroom.”

The trio allegedly dragged Nitish downstairs kicking him. A visibly shocked Nitish said: “I was dragged in front of the administrative block by my seniors. Four others joined them. They also started assaulting me.”

The seniors allegedly asked Nitish to do sit-ups and tried to open his trousers.

A few NCC cadets saw the ordeal of Nitish and ran towards him to free him from the clutches of his tormenters. Spotting the NCC cadets, the seniors fled leaving Nitish alone.

But that was not the end of Nitish’s suffering. After seniors bashed him up, his principal gave him a mouthful when he went to complain about his tormenters.

When Nitish reached the seminar hall with his fellow students, the principal of the Patna College was shocked to hear about the incident of ragging in front of the reporters. Singh first refused to listen to the boy.

He said: “Some students, mainly the boarders of Minto, Jackson and Iqbal hostels, are trying to malign the image of the college as the administration was dealing with the students involved in group clashes and eve-teas- ing strictly.”

Singh kept on saying that some students had planned the entire incident at a time when the college administration was holding a news meet.

In the meantime, the newly appointed proctor of Patna University Kriteshwar Prasad reached the college campus learning about the incident of ragging. Prasad assured the students of strict against those involved in ragging Nitish.

After the proctor stepped in, the college principal also changed his tune. He started assuring students of taking strict action against the accused.

The proctor asked Nitish to submit a written complaint against the students involved in the incident.

Prasad told The Telegraph: “I have asked the victim to give a written complain to the principal. At the same time, I have asked the principal to initiate a probe into the incident by the anti-ragging cell of the college.”

Police serves notice to college in ragging case

INDORE: Police have served a notice to the principal of IIST College to reveal names of students who were involved in ragging a junior, Sarthak William. Sarthak is admitted to Apollo Hospital here after receiving severe injuries due toe alleged ragging.

Rajendra Nagar police station Town Inspector Dilip Singh Chaudhary informed that a letter has been sent to the college authorities seeking names of all the students involved in ragging. If they did not reveal the names the concerned officials of the college were liable to be booked under relevant sections, he said.

According to the police a few senior students of IIST College allegedly beat up Sarthak for not obeying their orders. The incident took place on Wednesday evening. Moses Augustin William, the victim's father informed that a few seniors called his son for the reason known to them. The boy did not go to attend to them as one of his faculty members also called him at the same time. All this had happened at around 1.30 pm on Wednesday. The senior students turned furious and beat him up with hockey sticks. Sarthak sustained injuries and was admitted to the hospital.

Sarthak had joined the college a few months ago and was in the first semester of engineering course. Before being beaten up by the seniors he had complained about their misbehaviour, said his father adding that he did not anticipate that the issue would turn so serious. He lodged his complaint with Rajendra Nagar police station about the ragging. Subsequently, police have registered case against Neon Sheikh, Devendra and three others under section 341,323, 294, 506 and 34 of IPC. Efforts to contact the college officials, however, proved futile. The police too have not been able to contact the principal of the college.

Boy sustains serious leg fractures, injuries during ragging

Seniors booked for ragging in Uttar Pradesh, one held

Lucknow, Sep 13 (IANS) Two students of an Uttar Pradesh government university in Meerut district have been booked for physically abusing and ragging their junior on the campus, police said Tuesday. One of them has been arrested.

Sandeep Bhadana and Deepak Kumar — final year MBA students of Chaudhary Charan Singh Meerut University (CCSMU) — brutally assaulted Brijesh Ram, a first year Dalit student Monday after he refused to perform obscene acts.

‘Sandeep and Deepak assaulted the junior student with leather belts. They repeatedly punched and kicked him, following which he fainted and was rushed to a hospital,’ police inspector Mahaveer Prasad told reporters in Meerut, 450 km from Lucknow.
‘A case against Sandeep and Deepak was registered late Monday when the injured student approached us,’ he added.

While police Tuesday managed to nab Deepak, they have sought assistance from the varsity authorities to trace Sandeep.

Tortuous train escape after ‘ragging’

Sept. 10: A first-year engineering student escaped with two classmates after being allegedly ragged at his Nadia college last night, and changed trains twice in a zigzag journey prompted by panic before passing out.

The unconscious Yasser Arafat Mollah, 18, whose rail trip took him across three districts but not his home district of Burdwan, was rescued by his brother from a train in Bandel station in Hooghly and admitted to hospital in Burdwan.

Arafat, a computer engineering student at the Bipradas Pal Chaudhuri Institute of Technology in Krishnagar, said he had scaled the four-foot-high college wall around 9pm with two of his friends and fled, “unable to bear the ragging by seniors”.

“After a freshers’ welcome party last night, some second-year students came to my dormitory and ordered me to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes. I started feeling sick after puffing two and pleaded that I could not smoke any more. They then ordered me to drink alcohol,” Arafat, a resident of Galsi, Burdwan, said.

“They kicked and punched me and forced me to sniff some powder off a piece of paper while one of the seniors held a lighted matchstick below it. I suspect it was some kind of drug. I managed to break free and ran out of the hostel. Outside, I met two of my batch-mates who too had been ragged.”

Arafat’s elder brother Yasser Jiafat Mollah, who studies zoology at a college in Burdwan’s Raina, said: “I received a call from Arafat around 9 last night. He was crying. I asked him to flee the college immediately and try to reach Burdwan station.”

Arafat said that after scaling the boundary wall, he and his friends took an auto-rickshaw to the railway station.

“One of my friends, who is from Katwa, boarded a local train that stops close to his home. The other friend and I were so scared that we boarded the first train we saw. It was a Lalgola-Ranaghat local. The friend got off at Ranaghat as he lives there and so did I,” he said.

“I then boarded the Sealdah-bound Krishnagar local. I got off at Naihati (North-24 Parganas). It was past 11pm and so I again boarded the first train that came — I was too scared to think clearly. The train was heading towards Bandel. I called my brother and told him to come to Bandel. Then I lost consciousness,” Arafat said.

Jiafat, who stays in his college hostel as his home is 55km away, borrowed some money from friends and hired a taxi to reach Burdwan station.

“I took a train to Bandel. When a train arrived at 12.35pm, I searched the coaches and found my brother lying unconscious in one. Some of the passengers told me the train would go to Burdwan,” Jiafat said. He admitted Arafat to Burdwan Medical College Hospital, where the patient was put on saline drip and given medicines.

Gadadhar Mitra, the hospital superintendent, said tonight: “The boy is in a state of shock. When he came here, he was nervous and shaky. We discharged him this evening and asked his family to consult a psychiatrist, if needed.”

Arafat alleged the seniors had been ragging him since the session started on August 23. “They forced me to climb the college stairs on my knees. They made me run in the rain one day and then forced me to sit under a fan for hours.”

His father Yasin Mollah, a medicine shop owner, called up college principal Dilip Banik and lodged a verbal complaint. Banik said he had informed the police.

“We are investigating the matter. We will send a team to Burdwan to speak to the student,” an officer said.

Banik said the college’s anti-ragging committee met this afternoon and decided to send two of its members to Burdwan with the police team.

Student thrashed by colleagues at private college


Greater Noida, Sep 10 (IANS) A second year B.Tech student was thrashed and injured and his cousin allegedly ragged by two students of a private college in Greater Noida, police said Saturday.
Tej Pratap Singh, B.Tech second year student of Sharda University, was thrashed by two students of the same college Friday. He was admitted to hospital with injuries.
He was beaten up by the two students when he intervened in the ragging of his cousin Rahul Singh, studying in first year B.Sc (Mass Communication).
On his complaint, a case was registered for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means at Kasna police station.
Senior Superintendent of Police Jyoti Narain said: ‘We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. The two students are absconding. We are making efforts to arrest them.’
Tej Pratap and his cousin Rahul stay with their families in Greater Noida. The families of the two hail from Jalaun district in Uttar Pradesh.

3 students held for ragging juniors

Hyderabad | Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 10:00am IST

HYDERABAD: Punjagutta police arrested three engineering students of Muffakham Jah College involved in ragging juniors. The seniors also reportedly beaten up the juniors.

According to police, three students, Shreyas (second year), Rakshith (fourth year) and Aditya Yadav (third year), all studying Bachelor of Engineering in Muffakham Jah College at Banjara Hills ragged their juniors around 4.35 p.m on Friday. The senior students invited some juniors, all studying first-year BE, to a nearby coffee shop and started teasing them, police said.

The seniors also invited a few girl students. As soon as the juniors reached the coffee shop, the trio started teasing them asking vulgar questions. “When the juniors did not answer their queries, the trio beat them up,” police said.
One of the junior students lodged a complaint with Punjagutta police.

Based on the complaint lodged by Prudhur Dev, a resident of Saroornagar, Punjagutta police arrested the three students and registered a ragging case on them.

Ragging victim falls from 4th floor, dies of injuries at SMS Hospital

TNN Sep 10, 2011, 03.15am IST

JAIPUR: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly ragged by her seniors at a private engineering college at Bhankrota here. This caused her to fall from the fourth floor of her college hostel and she died in SMS Hospital on Thursday night. Her father has lodged an FIR alleging the college authorities were attempting to hush up the matter. However, the police claimed they were waiting the postmortem report.

A resident of Patna, Somya Singh was a first year B-Tech student at the Rajasthan College of Engineering for Women, Bhankrota on Jaipur-Ajmer Highway in Jaipur district.

"Her father, Mithilesh Kumar Singh, has lodged an FIR saying two senior girls had forced her to walk on the fourth floor railing of her hostel twice within three days. Singh claimed that his daughter fell during the second attempt," said Sharad Kaviraj, DCP (West).

However, chief hostel warden Shalini Jain claimed no family member had complained about the ragging in the past. "No ragging took place in the hostel," she added.

As per the FIR, two senior girls barged into her hostel room on September 3 and said she would be ragged as she was a new student. Somya had joined the college on August 26.

"She was made to walk on the railing by the seniors. She got scared and called up her aunt and brother living in Jaipur and the father who lives in Patna. Somya also informed the hostel warden Manju, her younger sister Tulika, brother Sushil and a senior girl of the college Tapsi," the FIR says.

The FIR further says her aunt came to the hostel on September 4 and tried to contact Manju, but she was told that she is on leave. "The aunt then complained to someone about the ragging," the FIR states.

It has also been alleged in the FIR that the two unidentified senior girls again came to the hostel room on September 6 and made her walk on the railing. This time she fell and lay on the ground for half an hour.

The girl's father Mithilesh Singh told TOI that while her injured daughter was rushed to the hospital, a college teacher threatened Somya's sister Tulika and told her not to complain about ragging.

"Tulika was threatened that she and her sister will study in the college for four years suggesting that their future will be ruined," the father alleged.

DCP Sharad Kaviraj said, "A postmortem has been conducted and the report is expected on Saturday."

Family members alleged that in the past three days since Somya fell from the fourth floor of the hostel, police have neither done any investigation nor record statements of the college authorities concerned.

Two students suspended for ragging

MANGALORE: Two students of Bachelor of Hospitality Science (BHS) of Alva's College at Moodabidri have been suspended from the college after they were found guilty of ragging by the authorities on Wednesday.

The students are Praveen D and Jeevan Shetty. The incident had occurred on August 24 wherein the two students and others had wrongfully confined Priya, a BHS student at Room No. 218 of the college and allegedly outraged the modesty of her by pulling her dress and also assaulted her by hand owing to trivial issue.

The police have registered a case of rioting, outraging the modesty of women, wrongful confinement along with hurt against the two and five others.

Dr Mohan Alva, chairman of the institution, said that as soon as he came to know of the incident, he conducted an inquiry and has suspended the students. The decision will be sent to the university on Thursday,'' he added.

Dr Alva rued that though the incident had occurred last month, it was brought to his notice a couple of days back. The accused students were not willing to admit their wrong doing and I complained to the police,'' he said adding that such incidents will not be tolerated by the institution, whoever the student might be.

He said action will be taken against other students who were involved in ragging after they have been identified by the police.

Students' harassment is not ragging in Allahabad University?

Rajiv Mani, TNN Sep 1, 2011, 10.29pm IST

ALLAHABAD: Despite authorities of the Allahabad University making tall claims about checking the ragging menace, inmates of the S Radhakrishanan hostel of AU have been reportedly harassed by the senior inmates of G N Jha hostel in the midnight of Tuesday .

Although the varsity authorities claim it to be an 'act of indiscipline' among the inmates of two hostels, it is not the first time that the inmates of this hostel have fallen prey to the harassment by the seniors of other hostels located in its vicinity.

Narrating their woes to TOI the inmates of Radhakrishanan hostel, a hostel which has recently been constructed and is meant specifically for the students pursuing professional courses at AU with most of them being the students of JK Institute, said that it was the midnight of Tuesday (around 3.00 am) when some youths entered room number 31 of the first floor of the hostel allotted to a student of J K Institute. The youths, who claimed themselves to be the inmates of G N Jha hostel, forced the said inmate to open the room and after entering it, they locked it from inside. The two were in an intoxicated state and after abusing the said inmate, searched the entire room for eatables. They also slapped the inmate and snatched his laptop. The intruders asked the harassed inmate to come to room number 111 and 113 of G N Jha hostel to get back the laptop.

Meanwhile, on getting the news of some outsiders entering the hostel, the guard of the hostel locked the main channel. When these youths found the channel locked, they returned the laptop and forced the inmate of room number 2 to open the door and since the balcony of the said room opened on the road outside the hostel, they managed to escape from there.

Wednesday being a holiday on the occasion of Eid, inmates of S Radhakrishanan hostel apprised the varsity officials on Thursday. "This is not the first time that we have been harassed by the seniors of other hostels who openly threaten us of dire consequences as we are new at AU," said the agitated inmates who reported the matter to the chief proctor Prof Jata Shankar and the dean students welfare (DSW), Prof R K Singh.

"Last year too, on the occasion of Janmashtami, senior inmates of PCB hostel, located a stone throw distance from S Radhakrishanan hostel came late in the night and asked the inmates to gather in five minutes. When some of us arrived few minutes late, they were abused and asked to perform the act of cock," the inmates alleged. Although the authorities were apprised of the said misbehave by the seniors none took action, they added.

Meanwhile, another case of fight, which occurred on Wednesday night, was reported among the inmates of S Radhakrishanan hostel. The fight took place between the inmates, studying in various semester of J K Institute and that of Law five year course.

Commenting on the issue the chief proctor, Jata Shankar, said, "The inmates of the hostel had informed me of the fight amongst the Radhakrishanan hostel and I would be looking into the matter. However, they wanted me to give another complaint, but I asked them to get it forwarded by the superintendent. But the matter, pertaining to inmates of G N Jha hostel does not come under the ambit of ragging because the inmate who was harassed was not a fresher."

As per the observations of the committee of UGC towards measures to curb the menace of ragging in educational institutions mentions, any act that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of a student should be considered within the academics related aspect of ragging. Likewise, any act of financial extortion, physical abuse including all variants of it, any act or abuse by spoken words, public insults should be considered within the psychological aspects of ragging. Similarly, any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of students also can be described in terms of the psychological aspect of ragging.

Despite crackdown, ragging continues in Chennai colleges

Arun Janardhanan, TNN Aug 31, 2011, 07.19am IST

MUMBAI: From forbidding juniors from wearing branded clothes to forcing them to travel unreserved when they go home, senior students have devised many ways of bullying first year students.

Despite the stringent measures adopted by the government and colleges, ragging continues in many private institutions. Often, the practice crosses the line of mere ragging and takes the form of bullying and even violence.

A second year engineering student in a leading professional college said juniors were not allowed to interact with classmates, especially of the opposite sex, on campus or outside. "We cannot go to shopping malls or cinemas during the first year. The seniors enforce these rules strictly and ensure that we are put to maximum pain during the first year," said a first year mechanical engineering student.

Even in cases where bullying crosses the limits of endurance, most students remain silent because they have paid huge amounts as capitation and course fees. "I have paid more than 1.5 lakh as the annual fees. So I can't go back to my parents complaining of ragging," said a student from an engineering college near Old Mahabalipuram Road.

Students say the money their parents send them has to be handed over to seniors. "None of us is allowed to keep any money after paying hostel fees," said a student.

SS Rao, registrar of Sathyabhama College, said they were following the government norms to curb ragging. "We have an active antiragging squad. We maintain a system of secret squads and informers among students to identify the culprits," he said.

A senior higher education official said they are closely monitoring all the colleges. State higher education minister P Palaniappan recently said that the government is considering the feasibility of setting up a state-level helpline to take complaints directly from ragging victims, in line with the national help desk of the University Grants Commission.

Boy goes missing

Aug. 30: A Class VIII student of Navodaya Vidyalaya, Raj Hansa, 13, went missing after he left his residence at Kalibari without informing his parents last evening. His father, Surendra Nath Hansa, lodged a report at Latasil police station today. Police said a suicide note found in the boy’s room read that he could not bear the ragging by his seniors in the hostel and had decided to end his life.

Freshers attacked for resisting ‘ragging’

Posted: Wed Aug 31 2011, 04:05 hrs

Two first-year commerce students of Shri Ram College in Muzaffarnagar district were attacked by a group of seniors after they allegedly objected to ragging on Tuesday. The victims, who suffered serious injuries, were admitted to a private hospital in the city.

Muzaffarnagar SP (City) KB Singh said the police visited the college on getting information about the incident and sent the victims for medical examination, but the boys had not yet lodged a complaint. D L Sudhir, SHO of Nai Mandi police station, said the college authorities were trying to settle the matter without involving the police.

No one from the college administration was available for comments despite several attempts. Contacted in hospital, Pervez, one of the victims, said he and his classmate Badal Deshwal were coming out of college after attending classes when Ankit and Nitin of BBA-II year stopped them near the parking lot along with 10 others.

The group first questioned Pervez and Badal about their background and then allegedly asked them to take off their shirts. When they refused, both allegedly were kicked and beaten.

After the group went away, some freshers took the victims to hospital and informed their parents.

The SHO said the college administration was holding a meeting with the parents of the freshers and senior students.

College principal Prerna Mittal denied any ragging incident. “There was a fight which was a sequel to an altercation between the students yesterday. I asked the boys about the reason, but they remained tight-lipped,” she said. Mittal said parents from both sides had settled the issue and requested her not to initiate any action against the erring boys.

Seniors shoot at junior for protesting ragging

A junior college student was allegedly shot at by his seniors in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district after he opposed the ragging of a batchmate, police said Tuesday.
Rudraksh Kumar, a first semester law student of the Dewan Institute was Monday shot at by several third year students of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) for opposing the ragging of a girl student.

"Acting on the complaint of Rudraksh, we late Monday registered a case against the three BBA students - Anuj Kumar, Anubhav Kaushik and Ajay Sangwan," Police Inspector B.D. Pushkar told reporters in Meerut, some 450 km from here.

While Rudraksh is being treated at a hospital, the accused are absconding.
Rudraksh received bullet injuries but is now stated to be out of danger, said Pushkar.

MBBS student found hanging, ragging blamed

Mahalingam Ponnusamy, TNN Aug 29, 2011, 04.47am IST

CHENNAI: A first-year MBBS student from Tagore Medical College was found hanging from a tree near Thalambur in Kanchipuram district on Saturday. His parents said he might have committed suicide because he was ragged by his seniors.

The police said 19-year-old S Naveen from Salem district joined the college in July. Naveen stayed with two senior students in the hostel. He often had arguments with them, the police said. He was reported missing from the hostel around 5am on August 25. The warden filed a complaint in the Thalambur police station. On Saturday, the police found him hanging from a tree beside a lake near Ponnmar around 7pm.

His parents say Navin was being ragged by his seniors. "He was a brilliant student. We strongly believe that he committed suicide because he was ragged. He complained to us many times that his seniors have been ragging him," said his father M Selvaraj.

Madhuris parents suspect foul play

Andhra Pradesh | Posted on Aug 28, 2011 at 09:45am IST

WARANGAL: Parents of Madhuri, a second year ECE student of NIT, who committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of her hostel within 20 days of her admission in the college, are suspecting foul play in her death.

Speaking to media at the mortuary where the body's autopsy was conducted, Madhuri's father M Mohan Rao, a scientist in Visakhapatnam's Novel's Science & Technology Engineering department, said "I wanted her to study engineering and excel in her career." He was still in shock.

Madhuri is the eldest daughter of Mohan Rao and Surekha who are residents of Srinagar colony in Vizag.

Their younger daughter is an SSC student. Rao rushed to Warangal as soon as he of his daughter's death. The police however, ruled out ragging as the cause of her death.

Also, the girl's father did not express his doubts directly with the police. All angles are being probed, according to DSP Venkata Narasayya.

Police suspect that depression could have led the girl to commit suicide.
Madhuri cleared AIEEE and joined NIT on July 28. The college management has remained silent about the issue.

Students boycotted classes and paid floral tributes to Madhuri. NIT convocation scheduled to be held on Saturday was held back till 6 pm, following the incident. The programme resumed later.

10-yr-olds ragged in Mumbai

Published: Saturday, Aug 27, 2011, 8:00 IST

In a shocking case of ragging, Ayush Shelar and Aditya Kokane, studying in standard V at RM Bhatt High School, Parel, allegedly they were forcefully injected with a syringe by some students from class XII in the school toilet three days ago.

However, the school principal maintained that the seniors were only teasing the children. A senior police inspector, said, “We will only be able to take action once it is proved that they were really injected.’’

The incident allegedly took place on Wednesday when the boys had gone to use the toilet. “‘Two girls suddenly grabbed our legs so that we could not escape. One boy brought out a syringe and filled it with some liquid. We felt a prick as they injected us. Another senior came into the toilet and asked them to stop,’’ said Shelar.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Medical student injured in attack by senior

JAIPUR: An MBBS student at MBS Medical College in Kota was seriously injured when a senior resident doctor attacked him with an iron pipe when he refused to obey his commands . The victim is undergoing treatment at the same hospital with both his hands fractured. The accused is on the run.

Police said that accused wanted the student to put his plate in the sink after they had dinner at the hostel mess five days ago. The junior student refused to follow the command . Irked over this, the senior barged into his hostel room in the wee hours of Sunday and attacked him. The medical college administration claimed that it was not a ragging incident, but the police have not ruled out the possibility.

According to the police , the accused, Dr Vikram Choudhary, a PG intern, had a fight with first year MBBS student, Dinesh Kumar Yadav five days ago.

"We have taken the statement of Dinesh. He says that they both had dinner. Vikram asked Dinesh to put his plates in the sink which he refused. Both had a verbal fight over this. It seems Vikram wanted to take revenge over this," said investigating officer Brijprakash .

Around 3 am on Sunday , Vikram knocked at the hostel room of Dinesh. "As soon as he opened the door, Vikram attacked him with an iron pipe," said the officer. Vikram hit him repeatedly and ran away. Dinesh was admitted to MBS Hospital.

Asked to sing songs by seniors, girl takes pics of 'tormentors'

College denies 1st-year student ragged in girls' hostel, but sets up inquiry panel after father arrives with political activists

College-Goers better be wary. Even things like asking your junior college-mates their names or asking them to sing a song can land you in trouble. A first-year engineering degree course student hailing from Mumbai who took admission at Zeal Education Society's Dnyanganga College of Engineering and Research in Narhe alleged ragging from her seniors and even called her parents to the college.

Acting on a complaint, the college immediately set up a three-member committee to inquire into the incident.
According to a few girls staying in the hostel of the engineering college, the alleged ragging took place
on Saturday night, around 11.30 pm.

"I came to know through another girl the next day. The girl had called her father to the campus. Some political activists also came and raised a ruckus. They said that the girl was told to entertain some senior students by singing and dancing to item numbers. They said she was also asked to take off her jacket and imitate ramp models," a girl from the hostel said on condition of anonymity.

But the girl did not let the incident let be. She told her father about the incident immediately and he, in turn, advised her to collect information such as the names of the seniors and even take pictures, if possible, of the girls who had entered her room. The next day her father arrived at the college along with a few RPI activists
and local policemen and demanded action against the senior girls for ragging his daughter.

'Harmless incident'
College authorities said that when they made inquiries they found out that no ragging had taken place and the senior girls had entered the room just to make friends and do a bit of mischief. "When confronted, the junior girl clarified that she had not been ragged. She was asked her name and they jokingly asked her to sing songs. But girl was not made to dance, according to the statement she gave us.

She called up her father who advised her to take their pictures as a precaution and he came here to ensure
no untoward incident takes place," said S M Katkar, director of the engineering college. He said the girl's father said a similar incident had taken place in Mumbai with one of his relatives and that's why the family did not want to take any risks.

According to Katkar, a three-member inquiry committee has been set up to inquire if the incident did take place and if the girl changed her statement either under pressure or due to panic. While no police case has been filed in this regard, students in the hostel are happy that the incident has at least led to seniors being afraid of ragging juniors as it might get them into troubble.

"I admire the girl's quick thinking and also her father's concern who arrived immediately. Even if someone was thinking of ragging, now they will refrain from it," said a girl.

'Scuffle' leaves BJB college tense

BHUBANESWAR: A clash between two students' groups in BJB Autonomous College here on Friday was termed as "a scuffle and not ragging" by the authorities of the college. The authorities, however, have decided to go ahead with students' union elections in the campus after taking undertakings from students that no such incident will occur again.

Principal of BJB Autonomous College, Dusmant Sahu said, "It was not a case of ragging but a minor scuffle between two groups of students. Ours is a ragging-free campus and we have taken undertakings from students during admission to take action against those found involved in ragging activity."

Principal of BJB Autonomous College, Dusmant Sahu said, "It was not a case of ragging but a minor scuffle between two groups of students. Ours is a ragging-free campus and we have taken undertakings from students during admission to take action against those found involved in ragging activity."

Sahu said, "I called them up and moderated a compromise between them and they have withdrawn the cases. If such untoward incident will occur again, we may cancel the students' poll."

Sahu said, "I called them up and moderated a compromise between them and they have withdrawn the cases. If such untoward incident will occur again, we may cancel the students' poll."

A group of students sat on a dharna demanding a ragging-free campus and stopped outside students from entering the campus on Saturday. "There is tension in the campus and police deployment, which is not good for the academic atmosphere of the college. Such incidents bring a bad name to the college," said Ranjan Sahu, a student.

A group of students sat on a dharna demanding a ragging-free campus and stopped outside students from entering the campus on Saturday. "There is tension in the campus and police deployment, which is not good for the academic atmosphere of the college. Such incidents bring a bad name to the college," said Ranjan Sahu, a student.

Friday, August 26, 2011

NIT Nepali students complain of ragging

HYDERABAD: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, was embroiled in a ragging row after some junior Nepali students complained against their seniors. While the NIT authorities said the matter would be probed, police warned the seniors of stringent action.

A senior police official said they had received information about the ragging menace on the campus. "We have deployed additional forces on the campus. We would deal sternly with those resorting to ragging," he warned. It is learnt that the juniors had dropped anonymous complaint letters in the hostel complaint box some time back, but no action has been taken against their tormentors. Sources said 35 Nepali students took admission this year and they were being harassed by over 70 of their senior compatriots. The petrified juniors complained to the NIT authorities that the seniors were holding them `captive' inside the campus.

It may be recalled that NIT was embroiled in a major controversy in March last year after its former director Y V Rao lodged a complaint with police against three students belonging to the Telangana region for ragging. The students had alleged that Rao, who hails from the Andhra region, was vindictive towards Telangana students. Sources said the ongoing Telangana movement has also come as an excuse for seniors to get away by ragging their juniors. "The seniors are indulging in criminal activities such as physical torture of girls and boys. Particularly, students from Andhra region are targeted," a student not wishing to be named alleged.

8 held for abducting, ragging engg students

NAGPUR: The city police on Monday arrested eight youths for allegedly kidnapping and ragging two first-year students of an engineering college. Prakash Singh, 17, has alleged in his complaint to Nandanvan police that he along with his co-student Abhijeet Maran, 19, was forcibly taken by college seniors to various locations and ragged for hours. Police said that after being kidnapped, the two boys were forced to strip and subjected to physical humiliation and abuse.

Whenever they refused to comply, they were beaten up. This incident is one of the ugliest ragging cases that have come to light in the last couple of years. Prakash is a student at Bhagwati Chaturvedi College of Engineering (BCE) where some of the accused also study. Of the eight accused, Pushpajeet Ranjan, Manish Singh, Ranjan Chanchal, Vishnu Singh and Prince Kumar Rai are students of BCE. Apart from Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, the accused have also been booked under the various sections of the IPC. These include section 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful group committing offence against common object), 352 (assault), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 294 (obscene acts), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 363 (kidnapping).

Police said the accused took away victims from their residence on Monday. A third student was let off as he pleaded that it was time for his afternoon prayers. This student then informed the victims' local guardian, Chandan Prasad.

Speaking to TOI, Prasad, said, "I was informed of the destination in Chitnis Nagar where Prakash was being held. I reached there from my residence in Hingna by 4pm. I then convinced the seniors to release the boys and dropped them back to their residence."

(Names of victims have been changed to protect identity)

Goa Engg College to probe tussle between student groups

PONDA: The Goa Engineering College (GEC) has asked its disciplinary action committee to probe into Friday's incident, where two groups of students got into a tussle in the college premises.

TOI was informed that two groups of students of the Farmagudi-based GEC got into a tussle on Friday. The confrontation was triggered by messages posted on social networking site facebook.

Engineering college authorities have taken a strong note of the incident and have resolved to hand over the matter to the disciplinary committee for further action, said Vivek Kamat, acting principal.

"We have taken note of the incident. It was not an incident of ragging. The students involved in the matter were students of second year and the third year", a member of the anti-ragging committee of the college said, on condition of anonymity.

"If the new admissions to the first year B.E course were the victims, we could have looked into it as an incident of ragging. However, both groups comprise senior students," the member said.

"Ponda police had also summoned eight students allegedly involved in the matter. Police had suspicion that it was a ragging incident, and warned the students," he added.

Kamat, who is also acting director of technical education, has handed over a letter to Ponda police clarifying that the incident is not related to ragging. Kamat, along with members of the anti-ragging committee, also held a meeting with the Ponda police inspector on Saturday. "The meeting has resolved to hand over the issue to the disciplinary action committee to decide. A decision on when this committee will meet, will be taken on Tuesday," the committee member said. tnn

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Another Case of Ragging Registered in Patna

Patna: Despite strict ban against ragging in all colleges, a first year student of B. N. College in Patna on Friday was badly beaten up after he refused to comply to the demands of a group of senior students, authorities in Patna said.

Political Science student Prithvi Raj, in a police report, said a group of senior students stopped him in the college campus on Friday and heckled him preventing him from attending his class. When he showed resistance, they kicked him and hit him in his face while threatening to make his life miserable if he didn't listen to their demands.
A scared Prithvi Raj then complained to the Principal who assigned a professor to investigate the case and take suitable action against the erring students.

Authorities turn blind eye as L D hostel students suffer

Tuesday’s incident in which a fresher was reportedly slapped by a drunk senior has created panic among other students. They fear the worst is not over yet as outsiders continue to frequent the engineering hostel without anyone checking them Tuesday night’s alleged ragging of a fresher by senior students after reportedly consuming alcohol at the L D engineering college hostel has not only created a sense of fear among hostel inmates, but is also indicative that the worst might still be waiting to happen if the authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the problem.

A day after the incident, the matter was handed over to the anti-ragging committee, a student was ousted from the hostel and the police were trying to trace the ‘guilty’ students. But this has done little to create a sense of security among the inmates, who continue to live amid fear. The authorities need to wake up and take some concrete measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents, many students complained.

Barely a year ago, a 30-year-old man was stabbed to death on the hostel premises in a brawl that followed a drinking session in a hostel room. Though none of those involved in the incident were college students, they had gathered for a booze session in the room, and then got into a brawl.

A number of students, university staff and security personnel whom Mirror spoke to after the Tuesday incident, mentioned that the interference of outsiders, who would frequent the hostel without any check, consumption of liquor and harassment of junior students was quite common in the hostel, with the authorities turning a blind eye to such incidents.

A security personnel of Gujarat Industrial Security Force (GISF) even alleged that everything was happening with the consent and knowledge of college authorities. “The rector himself has been having booze sessions with some of the inmates. How do you expect him to stop such activities? Such booze sessions and brawls are common with outsiders easily gaining access and there is no sense of security among the students,” he said.

The college authorities admit they can do little to prevent entry of antisocial elements into the hostel, but denied the involvement of officials in such activities.

“No official from the college is involved and such allegations are baseless. If a security personnel finds anyone involved in such activities, he should bring it to the notice of authorities or nab the persons who are involved,’’ said L D engineering college Principal M N Patel.

Patel also claimed that under given circumstances, it was not possible for the authorities to keep a check on such incidents. “There are too many entry points to the premises, all of which cannot be closed. If any of the security personnel or students notice anyone indulging in such activities, they should bring it to the knowledge of authorities,” he said, adding, “it was practically not possible to keep a watch on all 1,000 students who are staying in 240 rooms of hostel.”

However, security personnel and students maintained that whenever authorities were apprised about such incidents, they did little.

In his complaint to the Gujarat University police station, Ashish Sorathiya has alleged that the rector whom he approached after the incident, tried to hush up the matter. “Instead of showing any concern about the incident he asked me to give him a written complaint about the incident. He did not show any interest in getting to the bottom of the issue, nor did he accompany me to the police station,” Sorathiya said.

The police file

In his complaint to the police, Sorathiya, who is a first year student and had come to stay in E block, room number 520 two days ago, said, “Around 8.30 pm when he was watching his two roommates playing chess, Satyam Modi and Neel Patel along with a few others came there from another room where they had had a drinking session. Modi, who was drunk, asked Sorathiya to show respect to his seniors and address him as Bhai.

Neel Patel, who too seemed to be under the influence of liquor, slapped him. A frightened Sorathiya, mentioned this to some other students who were from his region. Soon a call was made to the local police control room. Sorathiya and some other students then went to meet rector N K Arora, who asked him to give a written complaint about the incident. Later he filed a non-cognizable complaint against Satyam Modi, Neel Patel and four others at the Gujarat University police station.

Police Inspector S J Vagasiya, who is looking into the complaint, said going by the version of complainant and others, the incident does not appear to be that of ragging. “We are trying to reach out to the students named in the incident but they are not traceable,’’ he said.

Action taken by college

According to L D Principal M N Patel the matter has been handed over to the anti-ragging committee, which will give its report within a week. “Before drawing any conclusion we should await the findings of the report,” he said. Both, Satyam Modi, and Neel Patel who are in seventh semester will not be eligible for placements, he said.

During the initial probe it has been found that Modi was staying illegally in the hostel. Neel Patel, who also faces allegations of ragging, meanwhile has been barred from the hostel till the anti-ragging committee submits its report. Parents of both the students have also been summoned.

The principal also assured that if it is proved that the students were involved in ragging, their admission would be cancelled.

No takers for rector’s post

NSUI, meanwhile, has given a memorandum to the principal seeking removal of Rector Dr N K Arora for his “inaction and irresponsible’’ behaviour. The memorandum said he showed no concern towards the affected students and did not act responsibly.

Even though present rector is facing allegations of indifference and being hand-in-glove with the students who were indulging in unlawful activities including boozing, there has been a reluctance on part of the university staff to take up this post.

Apart from dealing with as many as 1,000 students in the hostel, many of whom would not mind flouting their proximity to political parties and heavyweights, the post comes with no incentives such as house rent allowance and restriction on movement. With hardly any member of the faculty showing willingness to take up the responsibility, they are forced to take up this post, with an assurance of a change after a while.

College authorities suggest that instead of such a ‘stop-gap arrangement’ the responsibility to manage college affairs should be handed over to a trust or private security agency.

Anatomy of clashes

L D College of Engineering hostel, which houses 1,000 students from different regions is not new to brawls and incidents of violence. Till four years ago, students, coming from same regions were allotted rooms in the same block.

For instance, students coming from Mehsana and Saurashtra were given rooms in A and B blocks. Similarly, C block was allotted to those from outside the state and D block was kept for students of polytechnic. However, when it was found that the students from particular region and communities started getting into brawls after making their groups, a segregation was done.

Authorities also maintained that around 35 IAS officials have accommodations near the hostel and there is a Public Works department office near to the campus. It was not possible to restrain the movements of vehicles, which made it easy for several unwanted elements to gain access into the campus, they said.

(Inputs by Vijay Zala)