Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Case against 5 law students for assault

Five students of the Government Law College here have been booked for allegedly assaulting one of their juniors using stones and other weapons near the college campus, during an alleged ragging session.

Based on a complaint from second-year student C Raja (19), Vadavalli police registered a case against five of his seniors under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), on Thursday. However, the anti-ragging Act was not invoked in this incident.

“The complainant says that he was hit with stones by five of his seniors as he did not salute them and refused to give them money.

However, there was already a conflict between two groups of students in the college and we are investigating the complaint to ascertain its veracity,” a police officer here said.

The five students were identified as Eswaran, Alaguraja, Manoharan, Chelladurai and Malarmannan. Police were yet to arrest them.

“Recently, a security guard of the college and a hotelier near the campus was beaten up by a few students.

The students also ransacked the roadside hotel. Owing to this, there was an enmity between two groups of students and we are probing whether the latest complaint is only to settle scores between them or it was genuine,” police sources said.

Meanwhile, shopkeepers and hoteliers near the campus have decided to stage a one-day hunger strike on Saturday at the Marudhamalai bus terminus, condemning the alleged assault on the hotel by the law college students.

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