Sunday, April 24, 2011

3 medical students booked for ragging

Three students of the National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) have been booked for ragging, thrashing and robbing another student. Mahesh Tanwar, 21, a second year dental student, was beaten up on Wednesday by Navneet Singh, a third year dental student, Shobhit Kashwa, fourth year dental student and Saurabh Srivastava, fourth year medical student, at the institute located at Chandwaji on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
“The students forcibly took Rs400 and a gold chain from Tanwar,” said a police officer. Tanwar’s father, Rajendra Singh Tanwar, had filed the complaint late on Wednesday evening, said Hari Ram Kumawat, station house officer of Chandwaji police station. According to the complaint, around 5 pm on Wednesday, the accused students had gone to Tanwar’s room at the E Block hostel of NIMS and demanded money to buy liquor.

When Tanwar refused to pay them, they stripped him and began beating him up with a leather belt, said Kumawat.

“Since Kashwa was a final year student, no hosteller dared to interrupt. Finally they robbed him.” A medical test has been conducted on Tanwar at the Chandwa Ji Rajkiya Prathmik Swasthya Kendra. The NIMS authorities were unavailable for comment.

Last month, 14 students of Vivekananda Institute of Technology (VIT), Jagatpura, were booked for ragging. Another incident of ragging was reported from Gyan Vihar College last month.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ayurvedic college closed after violence

PTI | 09:04 PM,Apr 21,2011

Bulandshahr, Apr 21 (PTI) Authorities today ordered closure of an Ayurvedic college at Khurja town here for ten days following violence after a case of ragging. Police sources said Deepanshi, a girl student of 1st year, and another student Sandeep Shukla were injured. Six senior students of the college have been taken into custody on the charge of ragging juniors, SHO Khurja Dehat Sanjay Pandey said.

3 engineering students accused of assaulting classmate

LUCKNOW: A group of students belonging to an engineering institute allegedly beat up a classmate of theirs so badly that he had to be hospitalised, here on Wednesday.

Reportedly, Abhinav Tiwari, a second year student of electrical engineering, was going for his class at 9.00am, when three of his classmates stopped him. After a heated exchange of words, the trio, along with about 12 other boys, started beating up Abhinav till he was unconscious. They then fled the spot. Later, other students, who spotted Abhinav lying unconscious, informed the college authorities and the victim's parents, who then admitted him to Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital. As per his parents, Abhinav did not regain consciousness till six hours after being admitted to the hospital.

Abhinav's father, Lalchand Tiwari, lodged an FIR against the three students namely, Saurabh Mishra, Prashant Singh, and Deepak Tiwari. Lalchand alleged that the incident was a case of ragging. "There had been problems in the past too. The same students had troubled my son and threatened him,'' he said. The victim's sister, Vibha, said that such a case had happened earlier too but, "no action was taken against the culprits''.

On the contrary, the institute's administrative officer, Horendra Sahai, when contacted, said: "Since the students are from the same class, it cannot be termed as a case of ragging. It is a simple case of clash between two rival groups. We will take appropriate action against the culprits.''

Ragging scandal hits govt dental college

NAGPUR: After the VNIT ragging case, the scourge seems to have hit Government Dental College and Hospital. College authorities are busy inquiring into a ragging scandal that has rocked the campus. They received a letter from a former student last month complaining about alleged ragging he had to endure while in college.

Viraat Jayswal (name changed), a Pune resident, had enrolled in the college in September 2010 as a fresher but went back to his home town within four months without citing any reason. In February, he applied for cancellation of his admission and requested that all his original documents in college possession be handed back to him. A month later, he sent a letter to the college detailing the actual reason for his leaving the college.

In the letter, Jayswal said he was the victim of prolonged ragging by seniors at Dental College students' hostel. He claimed he was beaten up so badly during one incident that he had to take medical treatment at Government Medical College and Hospital. Jayswal named five seniors who he alleged tortured him mentally and physically. Out of fear of further harassment, he never reported the matter to the authorities. All the five accused were staying at the same hostel and hence he could not find the courage to stand up to them. Finally, when he could not handle the trauma he decided to return to Pune, Jayswal claimed.

Jayswal said he was filing the complaint because he did not want other students to go through the same trauma. He also named more victims, currently studying at the hostel, who had similarly suffered but chose to remain silent. Jayswal is so scared of the alleged culprits students that has not returned to Nagpur since filing the complaint.

Speaking to TOI, college dean Dr Vinay Hazare confirmed that the inquiry committee was formed on April 1 and that the final report should be presented within 'a couple of days'. "I want to make sure that the spirit and purpose of the Anti-Ragging Act is not defeated. The college acted immediately on receiving the complaint and we are following every procedure. This is the first time such a complaint has come to my office. I cannot comment more until final report is ready," he said.

Sources in college confirmed that the inquiry has found all five students guilty. Of the five, three are undergraduate students and two are interns. All five denied the charges completely but they were nailed on the basis of circumstantial and other evidence. Questioning of Jayswal's classmates and hostel mates continued till late evening on Wednesday.

A non-teaching staff member said on condition of anonymity, "there is no eyewitness to the event. However, Jayswal had taken treatment at GMC for injuries as he mentioned in the letter. The committee also spoke to a large number of hostel residents, teachers and classmates of both Jayswal and the accused."

When TOI visited the hostel, junior students refused to speak as their seniors were around. One of the seniors, however, said that the inquiry seemed one-sided as Jayswal never appeared personally before it. He added that Jayswal has only made allegations and had not supplied any evidence. This was the point on which some committee members had raised objections. It was suggested that Jayswal be given a date by which to appear before the committee to substantiate his charges. However, another senior committee member said a written complaint was enough to hold the inquiry as per the law.

Officers from two neighbouring police stations were also consulted during the probe. However, the college has yet to file an FIR in the case but may do so on completing its inquiry.

2 ragged, but no action as accused is MP’s son

April 18: Mr G. Tejaswi Raj, 23, a third year B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) student of Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS) and son of Telugu Desam MP, Ms Gundu Sudha Rani, reportedly harassed two junior students to do his work for him and then threatened them with dire consequences when they refused.

The issue came to light when six students of KITS were forced to approach the media after the Kakatiya University police station refused to register a First Information Report (FIR) against Mr Raj on Monday morning.

According to sources, Mr Tejaswi Raj was angered when Mr Anudeep, a second year CSE student of KITS, and two of his classmates, told him to write up his own practical notes as they had to prepare for their own internal exams. “Tejaswi sternly warned Anudeep that he would get rowdies to beat him up,” alleged Mr C. Harshvardhan, a friend of the victims, who mustered up the courage to approach the KU police station on Monday morning with their complaint.

Mr Harshvardhan told this newspaper that apart from pressurising his juniors to write his notes, Mr Raj often used to bring outsiders to the college campus in his vehicle, which intimidated other students. Mr Raj has denied all the allegations and called it an attempt to malign his mother.

When contacted, Mr K. Ravinder Kumar, CI, KU police station, said that no student from KITS had approached the station with a complaint against the MP’s son. “We have not registered any case against any KITS student as nobody has lodged any complaint with us,” he said, adding that he had deputed a police official to the college to enquire about any incident of wrongdoing following reports in the media. The KITS spokesperson, Dr C. Shayam Sunder, and Captain V. Laxmikant, secretary of the college, said ragging does not take place on the campus. However, they have not instituted any inquiry into the incident.

Schoolboy commits suicide in Rajasthan due to ragging by peers

Bhilwara, April 7, 2011

A seventh standard student allegedly committed suicide in a local school hostel here last evening allegedly due to ragging by four other students, a police spokesman said.

The death came to light when Murli Sharma, 13, of nearby Aama village did not turn up in the hostel mess for dinner last evening.

His room was found closed and he did not respond to calls by the staff and students. When the door was forced open, the boy found hanging

In his suicide note, Murli had written that a group of four students had assaulted and stripped him naked.

His father alleged that his son's death was a case of ragging. However, the students involved in the incident maintained that they did not intend to rag but only wanted to punish him as he had alone spent entire money provided to them for picnic by the school.

‘Ragging' misunderstanding cleared: Registrar

Authorities of Ravenshaw University here on Wednesday rejected a ragging complaint of a girl student terming the allegations of the student “unfounded”.

“Rather the incident that took place in one of the girls' hostel of the campus on Tuesday evening was the outcome of student unrest between seniors and juniors. Both the warring groups have patched up after clearing the misunderstandings and the situation is now normal”, said university Registrar Smarapriya Mishra after holding an hour-long parley with both groups.

According to reports, the sixth year students of Bhargabi PG Women's Hostel located on the campus were upset over certain “offensive” utterance made by a fifth year student way back during the Welcome Ceremony of the hostel last year.

Demanding an apology from the junior student, the seniors had boycotted the Farewell Function that was arranged in their honour on Tuesday evening. However, when the seniors did not join the function despite fervent appeals from other junior students, they (the juniors) went ahead with their merrymaking.

The irate students allegedly went on a rampage inside the hostel and staged a dharana. However, the university authorities stepped in at the right moment to restore normalcy inside the campus.

Monday, April 04, 2011

It was assault not ragging, admits Rau dental college student

Indore: The alleged incident of ragging in the Rau-based College of Dental Science (CDS), which recently hit headlines, was a case of assault, the victim has admitted.

The new revelation comes after CDS produced documents relating to the case before the proctorial board of the Devi Ahilya University (DAU) on Thursday.

Kapil Soni, a BDS final year student at CDS, had levelled ragging allegations against seniors Pankaj and Piyush Gillore, saying the duo had beaten him up with an iron rod on March 18.

Soni has, however, withdrawn his statement now admitting that Pankaj and Piyush had thrashed him over a dispute and the episode did not constitute ragging.

Both the accused have also given a statement, saying they had assaulted Soni and not ragged him.

Taking cognizance of the incident, CDS has suspended Pankaj and Piyush for a year, a decision that has been upheld by the DAU.

Speaking to Dainik Bhaskar, Dean of student welfare, DAU, Dr. Rajeev Dixit said, "All investigations and the statement of the victim [Soni] have proved beyond doubt that the episode was one of assault and not ragging. Taking appropriate action CDS has suspended the accused students."

Two students assaulted in ragging incident in engnr college

Ghaziabad, Mar 29 (PTI) Two students of an engineering college here were injured after allegedly being assaulted by their seniors who tried to rag them. A few senior students of ITS College in Mohan Nagar tried to rag the juniors who resisted the attempt. Two junior students -- Vishwendra Kumar and Nitin Kumar, were injured after being beaten by the seniors, police said. Both the injured students were admitted in hospital for treatment and they have lodged a report in connection with the incident, the police said. When contacted, the college management said an inquiry has been ordered to probe the incident and stern action will be taken against the seniors if they are found to be guilty. Police said statements of the students will be recorded and action will be taken against the students involved in ragging and beating the junior students.