Saturday, August 25, 2012

Suspected ragging kills science student

 BHUBANESWAR: A college student died after being allegedly ragged by his seniors in Madanpur area on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Thursday, sparking tension in the private institute. The Plus II science student Ipsit Nayak's body was found floating in an artificial pond of a stone quarry, a day after he went missing. The pond is located a stone's throw from NIIS Institute of Business Management where he was studying. A native of Balangir district, Nayak was staying in hostel. "My son became a victim of ragging. Some of his rival seniors from Bihar insisted him to play with them, later murdered him and threw him in the pond," his father Rajendra Nayak told media persons. He lodged a complaint in this regard at Janla police outpost demanding arrest of the accused.

Janla outpost's in-charge Dhruba Charan Pradhan said: "Prima facie it seemed to be a simple case of drowning. There were no external injuries on body. Postmortem report can establish the exact cause of death." Ipsit's mother Basanti Nayak raised finger towards the college management for failing to maintain cordial atmosphere in the college. "The college staff abetted the crime. Why did the hostel authorities allow him to go out while it was raining," she asked. College principal Bhabani Sankan Rath refuted charges of ragging in the college. "We do not encourage ragging in the institute.

The students, along with Nayak were playing. Perhaps he drowned while swimming in the pond. I do not think he was murdered," Rath said. The college was declared sine die in view of tension on the campus. Sources said Nayak moved out of the college around 5 pm while it was raining. When he did not return hostel in evening, his friends said he was playing with others near the pond. The college authorities informed Janla police around 8pm and later informed the fire brigade. The firefighters frantically searched him till late night, but could not trace him.

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