Saturday, November 10, 2012

Assam college takes action againt 16 students for ragging

Guwahati : Acting strictly against ragging, a college in Assam's Barpeta district Thursday expelled 16 students from its hostel for torturing junior students in the guise of ragging, college officials said. Authorities of the Baushi Banikanta Kakati College, located at Nagaon area, have also dismissed three college staff and suspended the superintendent of the college hostel for not taking the matter seriously when informed by the victims.

The Barpeta police is likely to register a case in the incident. "Junior students of the hostel - the new comers - were subjected to severe mental as well as physical torture in the boys hostel by the seniors. However, on Sunday it reached peak when the senior students tonsured the head of eight boarders," said a senior teacher. Although the parents of the victim students intimated this to the hostel superintendent, yet nothing was done, the teacher added.

On Monday the victim students and their parents informed the local media of the incident. The parents condemned the incident as the Hindus tonsure their heads only when their parents die and complained that the senior students hurt their religious sentiments. "The Governing Body of the college instituted a three-member inquiry committee immediately, which submitted its report today (Thursday). Based on the inquiry report, all the 16 senior boarders of the college hostel were expelled from the hostel.

Three other staff of the college including two hostel cooks have also been discharged from their duties today," said a senior faculty member. "The superintendent of the college hostel K.P. Baruah was also discharged from his post as he did not take action against the erring students even though the victims brought the matter to his notice," said the faculty member.

 Barpeta's Superintendent of Police G.V. Shivaprasad said that police came to know about the incident through media reports. "The college authorities have not informed police of the matter. However, I have already sent my officers to gather the information about the case," he said and added that even if the college does not register a complaint, police will file itself file a case regarding the incident. "Ragging is a cognizable offence and we are not going to leave it," said the SP.

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