Saturday, July 16, 2011

School student files ragging case

Raipur: On Friday, a student of Salem School complained to the office of the city superintendent of police (CSP), Kotwali. He filed a complaint that one of his classmates harasses him and threatens him with beating.

The student, Nimoh, has complained about ragging, but it seems like a case of personal enmity, Golbazaar Town Inspector Ashish Shukla said. The student accused of ragging is the class prefect, Shukla added.

It has been revealed that Nimoh was threatened by the accused that he would be beaten up by some local goons of the railway station. The police are investigating the case.

Srikakulam MPs son booked in ragging case

SRIKAKULAM: Police on Thursday registered a ragging case against Srikakulam MP Krupa Rani’s son Kranthi Kumar for ‘instigating’ his friend Jeeva to slap a girl student of the Aditya Institute of Technology and Management (AITAM) at Tekkali on Tuesday.
According to police, Kranthi Kumar, a III year engineering student at AITAM, asked Jeeva, a diploma student in the same college, to beat Kumar’s classmate as she was refusing to talk to him. Jeeva, a native of Tekkali town, went to the girl’s classroom in the lunch hour and slapped her.
The girl, belonging to Runku Hanumanthapet in Santa Bommali mandal, complained to the college management about the attack on her.� “We have received a complaint from the girl and suspended Jeeva from the college. We gave him a transfer certificate in the presence of the girl’s parents. We also assured them of inquiring into the role Kranthi in the assault,” AITAM director VV Nageswara Rao told Express.� But, sensing that the management was dragging its feet on initiating action against Kranthi, the girl’s father on Wednesday approached the Tekkali police and lodged a complaint against the MP’s son and Jeeva.
Tekkali SI Prasada Rao told Express that cases have been registered against the duo under the Ragging Act and that� they would be arrested soon.
In October 2010, Kranthi Kumar was arrested by police when he abused a scribe following a news report against his father. Kumar was also involved in malpractice in the� SSC examinations this year.

Protesting against ragging, college boy gets beaten up

Bhopal: In an age when everyone from the administration of various universities to student unions are campaigning against ragging, an incident of insensibility has shocked the city. Students in Career College of Management have beaten up a senior when he tried to stop them from misbehaving with his brother.

Devendra Rajput – a student of BCom first year in the college – was in his classroom with his elder brother Narendra Rajput when Devendra’s seniors entered the classroom.

Devendra told in his complaint that his seniors entered the classroom and started misbehaving with them. The culprits were students of second year. He further said the seniors threatened to take revenge outside college when the victims protested.

When Devendra and his brother came outside the college, they again met the seniors who were earlier threatening and misbehaving with them. The culprits were identified as Raju Batham and Ravindra Batham.
Devendra and his brothers tried to pacify Raju and Ravindra but they refused to listen. The culprits began beating Devendra and his brothers. They somehow managed to escape.

Police have registered an FIR against Raju and Ravindra. No arrests have been made yet.

Four school students arrested for ragging in Kerala

Kottayam (Ker), Jul 5 (PTI) Four plus two students of government higher secondary school at Kumarakom here were arrested for allegedly ragging a plus one student, police said today. The students had beaten up Justin Peter, the plus one student, last week after he refused to comply when they had asked him to remove the shoes he had worn to school, police said. Justin was admitted to a hospital here following the incident on Jun 29, police said. The students, who were arrested yesterday, were booked under various sections of IPC including 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section four of Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, police said. The students were later released on bail. The students were also suspended from school for 15 days following an enquiry conducted by the Parent Teachers Association of their school.

Ragging in Bhatkal college lands student in hospital

Bangalore, June 19, DHNS :

The ragging menace resurfaced dramatically at an engineering college in Bhatkal, when a gang of about 11 senior students attacked and grievously wounded a 1st year 2nd Semester Civil engineering student from the same institution on Saturday evening.

The shattered victim suffered severe bruises and fractures on his limbs, jeopardizing his appearance in the ongoing semester examinations. He could lose an entire year.

Based on the victim, Mohammed Shibili’s complaint, the Bhatkal Town police have taken up a case of ragging under section 116 of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 (Karnataka Act No 1 of 1995), 506 IPC for criminal intimidation and 323 IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt). Three of the students, who allegedly attacked Shibili, were identified as Hashim, Naafi and Faheem, all of whom were “year-out” students having failed to clear the minimum number of subjects.

The drama unfurled at around 6.45 pm on Saturday, when Shibili and five of his batchmates went out of the college hostel to have food and withdraw money from an ATM. “On the way, we were confronted by some of our seniors who sought to know the whereabouts of a few 1st year students involved in an episode on Friday. We told them we weren’t aware since we were from a different block. But they weren’t convinced,” recalled Shibili to Deccan Herald.

Then came the warning. “They said if we didn’t cooperate, we would be beaten up once we graduate to the second year. Then I told them that I would complain if that happened.” With these remarks, the juniors went out for food. But one of them was apparently marked out for assault.

On their way back to the college hostel, Shibili and his friends were confronted again, this time by two seniors, who asked them to follow the duo. “It was around 7.30 pm. They took us to a dark corner not far away from the college entrance. Within seconds, a waiting gang of about 11 pounced on me, hammering blows one after another. I was hit on the head, neck, chest and all over.

My right arm fingers suffered fractures. There was no one to help,” narrated Shibili, still in deep shock.

His shell-shocked friends were told to take the attack as a warning. “We were asked to tell all our hostel-mates to take this is a warning.” When the nightmare finally ended, Shibili was bleeding and shaking. He was rushed to the Government Hospital in Bhatkal town.

The Anjuman Engineering College principal has kept all the three students identified by Shibili under suspension. The Bhatkal Town police said the identity of the other students would be known only after the trio were arrested, since the victim could not name the others.

Ragging a criminal offence

Ragging is a criminal offence according to Supreme Court directives. Section 116 of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 (Karnataka Act No.1 of 1995) defines ragging as: "Causing, inducing, compelling or forcing a student, whether by way of practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or violates his/her person or exposes him/her to ridicule from doing any lawful act. By intimidating, wrongfully restraining, wrongfully confining, or injuring him or by using criminal force on him/her or by holding out to him/her any threat of intimidation, wrongful confinement, injury or the use of criminal force."

Sunday, July 03, 2011

NBU senior student ‘ragged’

Siliguri, June 26: A second-year post-graduate student of North Bengal University has alleged that he was “ragged” by a Trinamul Chhatra Parishad leader, an outsider, and a first-year MBA student in a hostel on the campus last night.

Raju Sarkar has claimed that he was “mentally and physically tortured” by Pankaj Sinha, the TMCP leader in-charge of the varsity who is not a student of NBU, and Tirthankar Mukherjee for staying in a Chhatra Parishad leader’s house. Sarkar and Mukherjee are both members of the student wing of the Trinamul Congress.

In an FIR lodged with the Matigara police station today, Sarkar, a student of geography, alleged that he had been “ragged” for an hour in one of the hostel rooms when he refused to shift from the CP leader’s house where he was staying as a tenant.

“Although I am a TMCP supporter, I have a lot of friends who belong to the CP (the student wing of the Congress) in the varsity. I have been staying at Ronald Dey’s house as a tenant for the past seven months. Last night, Pankaj called me to Tirthankar’s room on the ground floor of the hostel. The two of them started threatening me with dire consequences if I did not leave Ronald’s house immediately. I told them it was impossible since I am preparing for PG exams scheduled to begin on July 4,” said Sarkar.

“They forced me to drink alcohol and hit me with a belt on my back several times. They also stubbed burning cigarette on my left arm and snipped off my hair with a blade. When I tried to escape they caught hold of my T-shirt and tore it,” said Sarkar, a resident of Asuragarh in North Dinajpur.

Dey is a second-year PG English student and the unit secretary of the CP at the university. Sinha has denied the allegations and dubbed it a ploy of a “section of TMCP supporters” who wanted him to give up his post.

“Sarkar has made the allegations at the behest of a section of TMCP supporters who want me removed from the post of the varsity in-charge. All accusations against me are baseless. I had met Sarkar around 5pm at Shivmandir (local market) but not after that. I did not visit the hostel last night so the question of ragging does not arise,” said Sinha.

NBU authorities said an inquiry had been initiated. “We are taking the matter seriously as it involves ragging by an outsider along with a student in the hostel at an odd hour. Tirthankar’s room is locked now, he has left the hostel,” said Rathin Banerjee, the hostel superintendent.

The police have acknowledged that a complaint was filed by the NBU student.

North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb is not ready to buy the charge that the TMCP has been targeting CP members since Trinamul came to power in the state.

“Whatever happened at the university is unfortunate. Ragging by a TMCP leader is an isolated incident. Such instances had not taken place in the state after we formed the government. So, it would be wrong to say that the TMCP is using force against the CP after Trinamul came to power in the state,” said Deb.