Friday, August 26, 2011

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

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