Friday, March 30, 2012

Technology student 'thrashed' by seniors

DURGAPUR: A second-year engineering student of Durgapur Institute of Advanced Technology and Management sustained ear injury after being allegedly ragged by senior students.

The victim has been admitted to Durgapur Bidhannagar subdivisional hospital and is undergoing treatment. A complaint was lodged by the victim's father at Kanksa police station on Friday afternoon.

Dibyendu Mallik, a second-year student of electronics and telecommunications, was reportedly ragged on Thursday. In his written complaint, the victim's father, Ananda Mallik, has alleged that Prosenjit Kumar and Ashish Kumar, both fourth-year students of computer science and engineering, beat up his son.

PK Prasad, principal of the college, said that he has directed the anti-ragging committee to conduct a probe and submit a report. Kanksa Police have initiated an investigation and action will be taken against the guilty," Prasad added.

In another incident of ragging, a first-year student, of Malandighi Engineering and Industrial Technology Institute at Kanksa, was allegedly beaten up by three senior students. Based on the complaint of the victim, three second-year students - Ananda Shankar, Manish Sharma and Prabhakar Raj were immediately suspended.

While Ananda was suspended for six months, Manish and Prabhakar were suspended for ten days each.

Two Ramjas final-year students suspended in ragging case

Delhi University’s Ramjas College has suspended two third-year students, after receiving complaints that they were involved in ragging students on campus.

Based on complaints received by the college anti-ragging committee in the last week of February, two third-year students have been suspended, pending enquiry,” said Dr P N Duttagupta, Vice-Principal and head of the college disciplinary committee.

The anti-ragging committee had received complaints against seven students, five of whom have been let off with a warning. Two have been suspended, and face expulsion if found guilty.

“Two of the students against whom the complaint was received on February 27 were found to have been greatly involved in the ragging incident, so they have been suspended and were asked to present themselves before the anti-ragging committee on March 14. The committee is still enquiring into the issue, and no other details can be revealed now. In the case of the other five students, the involvement was found to be minor by the committee so they have been let off with a warning,” Dr Duttagupta said.

Of those suspended, one is a final-year BA programme student, while the other is a final-year BSc Physics Honours student.

They were suspended with immediate effect on March 12 by the Principal for “anti-disciplinary and ragging activities in college, as per the directions of the college anti-ragging committee”, and were also banned from entering the campus.

Engg student burnt during ragging?

Mystery continues to shroud the circumstances in which an 18-year-old aeronautical engineering student suffered severe burns in his hostel bathroom in north Bangalore last week.
Ajmal PM, a student at the Sha-Shib College of Engineering in Chikkaballapur, had gone to his room to take a bath after playing tennis on March 22.
After a while, he started screaming for help. His friends rushed in and found Ajmal on the floor with burns all over his body. He was immediately taken to the government-run Victoria Hospital and is in a critical condition.

Ajmal initially told the police that senior students who were ragging him threw him into the bathroom and set him afire. Later, he said students smoked inside the hostel and he had no idea how the fire broke out.

An attempt to murder case has been registered against the accused seniors.

However, Ajmal's changing statements have led the police to suspect that the boy either tried to commit suicide or got burnt in a fire that started accidentally because he was smoking inside the bathroom.

"There was some thinner in the bathroom. It is possible that a spark from his cigarette ignited the fire," said a police officer. "The boy could be lying about ragging because he does not want his parents to know about his smoking habit."

However, Ajmal’s parents and friends alleged that seniors used to rag Ajmal and extort money. "We suspect foul play because some students told us that a matchbox which was in the bathroom has gone missing after the incident," said Abdul Fatha, Ajmal's uncle.

Probe into ragging of college girl begins

KOZHIKODE: The Nadakkavu police have started probing into a complaint lodged by the principal of Government Engineering College, West Hill, on Saturday against eight students of the college for ragging a junior girl student.

The accused eight semester students - Jibin Jose, Ajoofar, Vishnu Raj, Shafi Ummar, P P Sajesh, Arun, Mohammed and Nikhil - have already been suspended from the college. Such a step was taken after a three-member enquiry committee formed by the principal received a complaint from the girl student. The accused have confessed their acts in writing to the committee.

According to college authorities, the eight-member gang have been teasing the fourth semester girl student for months. The situation worsened when the guys poured water on the girl on Valentine's Day, which led the girl from Kollam to attempt suicide.

Later, in a complaint to the principal, the girl threatened to end her life if the college did not conduct enquiry against the eight students. Police officials said that the accused students would be arrested after proper investigation.

Jaipur: Student killed for ragging junior on Amity campus

Jaipur: A 3rd year engineering student, Prashant Veer Singh, was allegedly stabbed to death by his juniors at the Amity University, Jaipur, in what police now claim to be a case of revenge killing over ragging. The police arrested seven students of the Amity University in the case late on Tuesday night.

Puneet Dalal, enrolled in the 1st year in Amity University happens to be the grandson of Karan Singh Dalal, former MLA from Palwal constituency, in Haryana. Puneet allegedly stabbed Prashant to death in the presence of law stream students Chiraj Chotwani, Rahul Singh, Abhimanyu Yadav, Anurag Sethi, Gaurav Yadav and Ajay Singh, late on Tuesday night. "We have arrested themain accused and they are being interrogated," additional superintendent of police (rural), Vineet Kumar Bansal, said.

According to the initial probe, Prashant allegedly ragged Puneet on Tuesday noon. “From what we have gathered, he had slapped Puneet the same afternoon,” an investigating official said. Sources said that Puneet decided to settle scores with his senior and arranged a meeting with Prashant at a nearby tea stall the same night on the pretext of having tea, police said. The official said that four students, accused for murder, were already waiting for Prashant at the tea stall outside the campus where the victim was seated alone.

A few moments later Puneet accompanied by three more students came to the stall where he reportedly stabbed Prashant to death. Police suspect Prashant was beaten up before he was killed because of the head injuries.

Prashant's friends told police that they tried to help him when he was being attacked, but claimed that the guards did not open the gate. Prashant was rushed to NIIMS hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. A police official said that Prashant was suspended from the hostel for a year on charges of indiscipline by the college management.

Nawanshahar: Six girls suspended for ragging

NAWANSHAHAR: Six girls have been suspended under the offense of ragging their junior Kiran Kumari Gupta in the college. These girls were students of Rayat Polytechnic College, Rail Majra who ragged Kiran an Information Technology student.

The girls got suspended from the college and are known as Twinkle, Nisha, Navpreet KAUR, Anchal Nagta, Linika Sharma and Pooja. In an inquiry conducted by a three-member committee constituted by the college management, it got verified.

A complaint was filed in the control room by a girl on harassment which was done to her by senior girls. Kiran Kumari Gupta, a second semester IT student contacted anti-ragging helpline and complained that she was being mentally harassed in her hostel room by seniors of her college.

The SSP asked to take immediate action against the girls who pulled out this act. The college committee in no time handed over the suspension to these six girls. (IANS)

Four medical students booked for ragging

GHAZIABAD: Police have registered cases against four MBBS third year students for their alleged involvement in a case of ragging at a private medical college here.

The students, including one Nitin, were booked under the state anti-ragging act on a complaint filed by the victim Atshay Yadav, a second year student of Santosh Medical College, who accused them of physically torturing him in the hostel on February 22 and 23, police said.

Tech college seats halved

A ragging complaint and the college’s alleged inaction on it has cost the private engineering college near Calcutta half its seats for the 2012-13 academic session.

In an unprecedented move against an educational institution in Bengal, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has barred Camellia Institute of Technology and Management in Bainchi, 60km from Calcutta, from admitting more than 180 students. The institute at present has 360 seats.

The order will be implemented once the West Bengal University of Technology, to which the college is affiliated, initiates proceedings to finalise the number of seats, said Sabyasachi Sengupta, the vice-chancellor of the varsity and the chairman of AICTE’s eastern regional council.

AICTE adviser M.K. Hada wrote to the college in February, stating the council was “convinced that the college was not implementing any anti-ragging measures on the campus”.

The college has moved Calcutta High Court against the order, said Nilratan Dutta, the chairman of the Camellia group, which runs the college in Hooghly and five more private engineering colleges in the state. According to college sources, the case would be heard this week. “The college has also appealed to the AICTE for withdrawing the order,” Dutta said.

The ragging complaint dates back to August 2010, when Sibtain Habib of Garden Reach and three other first-year students were allegedly “assaulted” by second-year students. Habib had lodged a complaint on an anti-ragging helpline operated by the UGC.

He was transferred to the institute’s Barasat campus but he quit studies soon after.

The UGC had asked the AICTE to look into the complaint. The AICTE held three hearings last year, the last of them on December 28, and summoned representatives of the college.

The AICTE pointed out 12 “deficiencies” on the part of the college. According to the report, the institute had neither conducted an inquiry nor filed an FIR. The Supreme Court makes it mandatory for an FIR to be lodged after a ragging complaint.

“We had lodged a complaint with Bainchi police station. It is the discretion of police to decide whether the complaint shall be treated as an FIR or a general diary. We tried to explain this to the AICTE but failed,” Dutta said.

Describing the incident as “a scuffle between two batches of students”, Dutta said: “The student complained neither to police nor to the college authorities.”

An official of the higher education department, which has received a copy of the AICTE order, said the council was not happy with the shoddy internal inquiry.

Ragging: 4 students from Kollam hospitalised

Four first year students of an engineering college at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu have been admitted to a private hospital here for trauma and injuries after being allegedly ragged by senior students of the college.

The students, Agnel Andrews, Paulson Joseph, Sachin Julian Francis, and Anoop Wilson, are natives of Pullichira, near here. They are first year civil engineering students of St. Mother Teresa Engineering College. They have lodged a complaint of ragging against the senior students with the Kottiyam police station. The students said the seniors who ragged them were from Kerala. They told The Hindu that they were being ragged since the time they had joined the hostel. In addition to making them do chores, the senior students regularly made them cough up money for charging their mobile phones, they said.

On Sunday night, five of them were kept locked in a room from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and even beaten at intervals. The seniors, numbering 16 students, told them that they should pay Rs.10,000 the next day.

The five students were let free only after they agreed to pay the money. In the morning, four of them “managed to escape from the hostel” and reach Kollam.

They then informed the college Principal and the warden about the incident, the students said.

They feared going back to the college, the four students said.

The college Principal, when contacted over phone, said he had constituted an inquiry committee soon after the four students had lodged a complaint over telephone. The committee had concluded that prima facie there was a case against the senior students. On the basis of this finding, 11 students had been suspended pending further inquiry.

The Principal said the parents of the four students were meeting him on Wednesday and after they submit written complaints, appropriate follow-up action would be taken

Patna High Court quashes engineering college order

MOTIHARI: The Patna high court has quashed the order of the Motihari Engineering College (MEC) expelling three students on charges of ragging of a fellow girl student. A high court bench of Justice Navin Sinha on Monday further directed the government college authority to pay Rs 1 lakh to each of the expelled student as compensation and the amount be deposited in students' welfare fund of the college.

The court in its judgment has said no college can be allowed to play with the future of any student.

It may be mentioned that three second year students of Motihari Engineering College -- Vivek Kumar, Gaurav Kumar and Rachana Kumari -- had been expelled on charge of ragging Monika Shailesh on December 23.

The aggrieved students, including Vivek, approached the HC with writ petition to quash the expulsion order.

The court has observed that the college administration had expelled the three students without any evidence given that there is no anti-ragging committee in the college as per the sanctioned standard and direction of the government.

Officer on special duty (OSD)-cum-MEC principal Dr A K Mishra said he has received information of the HC judgment and the director of the state science and technology department Bhagawan Singh has directed him on telephone to allow the three students to appear in the first semester examination of second year in the college. Accordingly, he allowed them to take their exam as per the order.

It may be recalled that on October 15, Shailesh, a first-year student of MEC, had complained to the OSD of the college that she was subjected to intense physical and mental torture by the three students.

She had also lodged a case against them with the Motihari Mufassil police station on the same day. According to the OSD, the disciplinary committee of the college took up the matter and held detailed enquiry and sent report to the department for final action.

The department passed the order of expulsion following the committee's recommendation.

LLB student booked

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Peroorkada police have registered a case against Adarsh, a 4th year LLB student of Law Academy Law College here on charge of ragging, following a complaint forwarded by the college principal.

The principal, Lekshmi Nair, had forwarded the complaint to the police on Thursday after an inquiry commission appointed by her found that Adarsh was prima facie guilty of trying to outrage the modesty of a female classmate.

Police, said that Adarsh was absconding. The accused has been charged with non-bailable offense according to the provisions in Anti-ragging Act.

The girl had alleged that on February 14, Adarsh made a physical advance towards her. The principal appointed an inquiry commission to probe into the complaint.

Ragging shock in engineering college

DURGAPUR: It seems the "impersonation" modus operandi in Park Street rape case has set a bad precedence in the state. On Friday night, some senior students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) took up fake identities and ragged first-year students at the college hostel.

However, acting on an FIR lodged by the victims, police on Saturday arrested three final-year students on charges of ragging and causing physical injuries. The college authority helped the cops to zero in on the accused. The victims were admitted to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital with serious injuries after they lodged the complaint. Later in the day, they appeared for their examinations at NIT campus.

Talking to TOI, Durgapur police station officer in charge Arijit Dasgupta said Prashanta Kumar Chhetri, who hails from Jabalpur, and Hyderabad's Rajib Muppidi - both final year B Tech students - have been arrested from the college campus on Saturday morning. "Three first-year students were beaten up by at least four final-year students last night at the hostel. The accused also snatched the victims' identity cards, wallets and cell phones. The accused also impersonated fake identities while ragging their juniors," he said.

Police are interrogating the two accused to get information of the rest who were present during the incident.

The NIT management also filed a complaint to the police against those arrested. According to sources, the anti-ragging committee of the college has been directed to probe the incident and submit a report to the director. NIT director Tarakeswar Kumar was not available for comments.

"Last night, some seniors of our college ragged and beat us. We could not identify them. Only on Saturday we came to know that they impersonated fake identities," said Pramit Dawn, one of the victims and a first-year student of electrical engineering. The other two ragged on Saturday were Rakesh Karmakar, Dawn's batchmate and Kazi Soiful Islam, a student of mechanical engineering.

The two students will be produced before the court on Sunday. They have been booked under Sections 341, 323, 325, 427, 379, 419 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The Union ministry of human resources development updraded the erstwhile Regional Engineering College (R E College) of Durgapur to deemed central university a few years ago. Friday's incident is the first case of ragging reported at the campus.

Durgapur Police has arrested today two fourth and final year B.Tech students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) allegedly on charges for ragging and beating three first year students last night. The three first year students, all hailing from Durgapur has lodged FIR at Durgapur Police Station this morning. They have been admitted to Durgapur sub divisional hospital with serious injury. However, they went to give examination today later in the day at NIT campus.

Talking to the TOI, Arijit Dasgupta, officer in charge of Durgapur Police Station said that Prashanta Kumar Chetri, of Jabbalpur and Rajib Muppidi of Hyderabad, both final year Bio Technology students have been arrested from the college campus here this morning. " Three first year hostel students have been beaten by at least four final year students last night at the hostel. They have also snatched their identity card, purse and cell phones. But while beating them with sticks and bottles the final year students used false names thus misleading the victims. But after detail probe we have been able to arrest the culprits,"Dasgupta added.

He said that the two students will be forwarded to court tomorrow and has been booked Under Sections 341,323,325,427,379,419 and 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The three first year students are - Promit Dawn, Rakesh karmakar, both B.Tech students of Electrical Engineering and Kazi Soiful Islam, B.Tech student of Mechanical Engineering. While Promit stays at Aravinda Avenue in Steel Township and his father is Dr.Samit Dawn, adoctor of DSP Hospital, Rakesh karmakar stays at Benachity. While Soiful Islam stays at Akbar Road in Durgapur. Soiful's father, Kazi Sofikul Islam, who works at DTPS of DVC said that he is shocked about the incident.

The authority of NIT has also given a written compalin to police later in the day. Soyrces said that the anti ragging committee of NIT has been directed to probe the incident and submit report to the director. The Director of NIT, Tarakeswar Kumar was not available for his comments.

The erstwhile Regional Engineering College ( R.E.College) of Durgapur has been upgraded to deemed central university - National Institute of Technology (NIT) few years ago by ministry of human resources development of central government. But first the incident of ragging in such posh central government engineering and technology varsity by few senior students upon first year students and also hiding their names and using false names to mislead nd police and authority has createda stir in durgapur, the new educational hub of the state. This ragging incident has also remined the Park Street rape incident also, where the accused persons used false names to mislead the police and victim.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bengal student alleges ragging

KOLKATA: A third-year student of Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) was allegedly assaulted by seven seniors on February 22. The student complained to the university authorities, who called the guardians of those seven fourth-year students. They were let off after a warning.

The university swung into action only after the victim lodged a complaint with an anti-ragging helpline in Delhi. A fine of `5000 each was imposed on the students and the victim lodged an FIR with the Shibpur police station on February 28. "Besu has formed a committee to probe the incident. The committee will submit its findings to the vice-chancellor on March 7," said registrar Biman Banerjee.

5 students hurt in Kovai Law College violence

COIMBATORE: In a reminiscent of the 2008 Chennai Ambedkar Law College violence, two groups of students armed with sharp weapons and iron rods clashed at the Coimbatore Government Law College on Friday.

At least five students suffered cut injuries and the scene of clash was hardly a few metres from the college principal’s office,
Following the violence the college and the hostel have closed for the next 15 days by the authorities.

Police said that the Friday’s clash was a result of simmering enmity between the two groups over various issues. Just three days back both the groups lodged complainants against each other with the Vadavalli police and the college management also suspended two V year students, who were booked for ragging a III year student.

The immediate provocation for the clash between the students is the ragging complaint submitted by R Vellachamy, a first year student, to the college principal against a group of senior students on Thursday.

R Sasikumar, a 4th year student and a native of Madurai district, said “on Friday morning we went to the principal’s office to enquire about the action taken on Vellachamy’s complaint. When we came out of the office, a group of students surrounded us and threatened to withdraw the complaint. When we refused, they started attacking us with deadly weapons. We ran for our life,” said R Sasikumar, a 4th year student and a native of Madurai district.Police said students from both the groups suffered injuries.

However, students claimed that eight suffered cut injuries, only five were admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.

Heavy police protection has been posted in front of the college.
The injured students who were admitted are R Vellachamy, (1st year), Sundar (4th year), R Sasikumar (4th year), Anand (3rd year) and Siva (3rd year). Police have registered two cases in this regard.