Saturday, November 10, 2012

2 contradictory reports correct: MYH suptd

 INDORE: In another twist to a ragging controversy over the woman jail inmate, who was found pregnant in one report and not in the second one, MY Hospital superintendent said both reports were correct. Talking to media here on Monday, MYH Superintendent Dr P S Thakur said, "Both reports, including the first report in which the woman inmate was found pregnant and the second report wherein the doctors found she was not pregnant-- were correct."

After the first report, the MYH superintendent set up a board of five doctors on October 22, which declared that the woman is not pregnant. However, Dr Thakur did not divulge other details saying, "I have received facts and will give my reply to the court." Pleading anonymity, an expert in the field, said Dr Thakur's statement clearly indicated that the pregnancy was terminated on the MYH premises.

Whether it was forced or due to natural reason, it is to be found out, he added. Jhabua collector Jaishree Kiyawat, who has been assigned the responsibility of conducting a probe into the issue by the DG jail said, "I have received the opinion of the divisional medical board and have forwarded the same to the probe panel which is investigating the matter.

The panel has been given three weeks' time." On the order of the district court, a jail inmate from Jhabua, who was serving term for the past 10 months, was brought to MYH's mental hospital on September 10. During the medical check-up at the mental hospital on October 16, doctors found the woman has five-week pregnancy. After hue and cry, MYH superintendent set up a board of five doctors which was supposed to examine the matter. The board concluded that she is not pregnant.

A third divisional bench, constituted in the wake of contradictory reports, was believed to have reported that the woman was not pregnant.

Ragging at MANET: Four students held, released on bail

The Loni Kalbhor police on Saturday arrested four students ofMaharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training (MANET) for allegedly ragging one of their classmates for the last six months. The suspects were produced before the court which granted them bail on Saturday.

 Although the official FIR invoked section 4 of the anti-ragging regulations of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), MANET’s executive director Mangesh Karad said that it was not a case of ragging. According to the FIR, Amitkumar Anilkumar Sharma (22), a native of Bihar, was allegedly ragged by Sourabh Anil Kharat (21), Akshay Rajendra According to the FIR, Amitkumar Anilkumar Sharma (22), a native of Bihar, was allegedly ragged by Sourabh Anil Kharat (21), Akshay Rajendra Dhambhare (21), Somay Surendra Sable (21) and Nitin Laxman Maharnoor (23), all second-year students of BSc nautical sciences.

On Friday night, around 11, Sharma had allegedly consumed poison at his hostel room on the campus and had named the suspects in his suicide note. The note stated that the suspects had been harassing him for the last six months and had driven him to take the extreme step. Sharma was rushed to Noble Hospital and was discharged on Sunday. The police also said that the suspects used to tease Sharma by linking his name with other girls, which he found objectionable.

However, Karad said that this was not a case of ragging. “This action of the police was wrong as we have an anti-ragging committee and Sharma should have approached the committee. Sharma had got into trouble with outsiders. After his quarrel, he had asked his friends to get even with the outsiders. But since they did not help him much, he has implicated them in a false ragging case.

Sharma never approached the disciplinary committee nor has he directly approached the police,” Karad said. Karad also said that the college had informed the parents of the student for further action.

MBAs cry ragging, but Amity in denial

Two first year MBA students of Amity University have accused a group of seniors of beating them up for not addressing them as "sir". Police and the university have denied it was ragging. Sachin Chauhan and his brother, Amit Chauhan, who live in Sector 48 here, had gone to meet the director when they were beaten up on Monday.

"When we were waiting for our turn, 10 of our seniors came. They took us to a corner and asked us to call them 'sir'," said Sachin. "When we refused, they started beating us up. No one came to our rescue. Faculty members watched from a distance but didn't intervene," he alleged. Security guards and friends broke up the fight. Sachin called police but by then the group had fled.

The police took the two to the district hospital, where Sachin was given five stitches to the forehead. Amit's face has been bruised. The police have registered a case but not of ragging. SP Yogesh Singh accepted that the two were beaten up for not addressing seniors as 'sir' but said it was not ragging. The university took the same line. "This is not a case of ragging. The brawl started between two groups while practicing for a mega sporting event to be held Tuesday," spokesperson Savita Mehta said.

It was a minor dispute and a student had been suspended, she said, adding a panel would look into the matter. Ragging is banned across the country and government has said it should be dealt with sternly.

4 students suspended for 'ragging'

Ludhiana, October 26 Four students of the College of Nursing of Christian Medical College (CMC) allegedly took sedatives after they were suspended for six months by the Principal for their alleged involvement in a quarrel with a student.

However, the police has confirmed that it had received a complaint of ragging from the student. The four BSc second-year students have been identified as Danial, Michal, Sahil and Suraj. They were taken to the CMC after they allegedly fell unconscious. According to the hospital authorities, the students were out of danger. Brij Mohan, SHO, Division No. 3 police station, while confirming the development, said he had received a complaint from a student, Deepak, stating that he had been subjected to ragging.

However, Sister Panama, Principal of the College of Nursing, ruled out that the students were involved in ragging. "I want to make it clear that the four students who were suspended today were not involved in ragging. Instead, they were involved in a quarrel with another student. During an internal inquiry, the four students were found guilty and action was taken against them.

Their parents were asked to report at the college. However, the parents refused to accept the suspension letter of their wards and threatened to drag the college authorities to court. Later, I came to know that the four students consumed sedatives and were reportedly taken to a hospital." Not ruling out foul play, Sister Panama said it could be a tactic by the students to exert pressure on the college authorities.

 The suspended students did not speak on the issue. Sources said the incident took place five days ago when the four students allegedly "hurled comments" at Deepak in a hostel. Deepak reported the matter to the college authorities. The college authorities formed a committee to probe the matter. Deepak also lodged a complaint with the police.

MSU professor held for ragging student

Mayur Gupta of architecture dept allegedly joined a group of students in ragging a first-year student A faculty member at M S University of Baroda was on Saturday arrested for allegedly ragging, along with senior students of his department, a junior student on the campus, police said.

 “Prof Mayur Gupta of the Department of Architecture was apprehended on charges of ragging first-year student Harshvardan Sutariya on the campus,” Sayajigunj Police Inspector A B Saiyed said. “We have recorded statements of officials of the architecture department as the part of investigations and arrested Gupta under sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 143 (punishment for being a member of unlawful assembly), 203 (K) (giving false information respecting an offence committed) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” he said.

 The incident came to light after Harshvardhan’s father Ramesh Murar Sutariya filed a complaint with police two days ago. Police said a video clip showing the ragging incident involving Gupta and senior students, including a girl, was submitted by the complainant, besides other documents including recordings of conversations on Harshvardhan’s mobile phone. Besides Gupta, five students Parth Patel, Nirmal Shah, Vivek Panchal, Kunal Patel and Nisha Panchal are also named in the complaint, Saiyed said. According to police, Harshvardhan’s seniors asked him to perform “obscene” acts on the campus.

Cold Response Of GMCH, Ajni Police Towards Ragging On Campus

Nagpur News: In a case that has highlighted administrative apathy towards ragging in the city, Nidhi Yadav, a third year medical college student at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has her hand wrapped in bandages thanks to alleged bullying and manhandling by her senior, Rahul Khambalkar.

The incident took place on Saturday, over a minor misunderstanding about a comment on social networking site Facebook. Despite repeated complaints by her parents and classmates, the college administration has allegedly done nothing beyond promising the setting up of a committee to inquire into the matter. It has almost been a week since the incident, and no action has been taken.

The Ajni police have also been dragging its steps, having refrained from filing an FIR till Friday afternoon. “We were told that no case could be filed till we submit a medical report proving the harassment”, said Mrs. Vidya Yadav, the victim’s mother, “The casualty department of the college, where she was taken after the incident, has not given us a report yet.

We tried to get in touch with the doctor who checked her, but in vain”. The helpless parents then sought the help of the Nagpur wing of National Students Union of India (NSUI). The NSUI took the victim’s parents to Ajni police station yet again to file a complaint, and also called in the local media. “With UCN and Sahara Samay covering the news, the police finally conceded to file an FIR this afternoon”, NSUI officials told Nagpur Today,

“We questioned the GMCH administration’s need to constitute a fresh committee, since each college is already supposed to have an anti- ragging committee in place. Our questions were left unanswered”. Nagpur Today is in possession of the complaint letter given to the college Dean on Tuesday. The letter has been signed by fifteen of Nidhi’s BPMT batchmates. The letter has clearly had no impact on the college administration. The hospital’s Public Relations Officer (MBBS Department) categorically denied any knowledge of the incident.

Police book 3 students in ragging case

 LUCKNOW: Three students of Government Ayurvedic College, Talkatora Road were booked by the police on Thursday, for allegedly ragging their junior students. The incident was reported to local Bazarkhala police station following which a case was lodged, and Vikas Chowdhary (2006 batch), Upendra Nath (2008 batch) and Shashikant (2006 batch) have been charged under Section 5 of the Prevention of Ragging Act. The complainant of the case is Ujjwal Shivhare, a first year student of the college residing at the student hostels situated on the campus. Shivhare had alleged that he had been ragged earlier by the same, trio but he had ignored the matter.

According to police the three seniors who too happen to be hostellers, supposedly abused and teased their juniors on regular basis. On Thursday the matter took an ugly turn when they slapped Shivhare and asked him to stand on the bench for hours. Shivhare was supported by 16 more students of his batch who also told the police about the menace.

 The three seniors in their defence claimed that the incident had been overplayed and their acts were not as extreme in nature as they have been made out to be in the police complaint. Meanwhile, the police said that investigations will be carried out in the matter and if required, the students will be arrested.

BAMS student suspended for ragging in Kurukshetra

KURUKSHETRA: The management of Sri Krishna Ayurvedic College on Monday placed a senior BAMS student for allegedly forcing juniors to dance after disrobing themselves in the hostel. Identified as Chetan Yadav, a resident of Mahendergarh district, the student has been barred from attending the classes.

The college authorities are in the process of identifying others who accompanied Chetan during the Saturday night incident, sources said. Eight juniors -- Ravinder Saini, Sumit Saini, Amit, Gaurav, Rajguru, Mukteshwar, Pankaj and Dinesh -- had lodged a complaint against Chetan before the college authorities. According to complainant students, Chetan had managed to escape from the hostel before police could reach the hostel on getting a call in the anti-ragging cell.

 "We had a called up anti-ragging cell of police when seniors started troubling us. Police did come, but he managed to escape from the hostel,'' an aggrieved student said. College principal V V Chhikara remained inaccessible for media. Hostel warden Surender Sehrawat however confirmed the suspension of Chetan Yadav. "The principal is out of station. We can only say that the college has suspended a student, against whom a ragging complaint was received,'' said Sehrawat.

He, however, expressed inability to comment further. Kuruksehtra SP Rakesh Arya confirmed the incident, but maintained that police have not got any complaint so far. "Our SHO had visited the spot. No case was registered as neither the victim students nor the college authorities lodged any formal complaint against anybody regarding the incident,'' said Arya.

6 students expelled for ragging

Oct 13, 2012, 11.28PM IST TNN[ B Sridhar ] JAMSHEDPUR: Galudih-based private college Bihar Association College of Engineering and Technology (BACET) expelled six students on Saturday who were found guilty of ragging a junior student of the college. The students were informed about their expulsion following an inquiry committee report which found them guilty.

College chairman, B N Chaudhary, said, "Out of the six students, two have been debarred for a period of one year while the rest four have been asked not to appear for the next semester examination." Mohit Kumar and Abhay Kumar, residents of Jamshedpur, Prashant Kumar, resident of Khunti district, Rajendra Murmu of Bokaro district, Abhishek Kumar of Giridih and Keshav Kumar of West Champaran district (Bihar) have been expelled from the college.

They have been expelled following the October 4 incident in which Rakesh Gupta, a first year mechanical engineering student, was hospitalized after he was assaulted and ragged by a group of second year students within the college premises. Subsequent to the incident, Gupta, a resident of Jamshedpur, lodged an FIR against the accused students at the Galudih police station and also registered a complaint with the Anti-Ragging Cell (ARC) in Delhi. Following the ARC directive, the college conducted an internal inquiry and found six students guilty .

 The college authorities also said that the six students have been asked to vacate the college hostel with immediate effect. "Tough action will alone deter the students from indulging in such activities in the future," said a college faculty.


The police arrested four B.Tech second year students on charges of ragging and attacking their juniors at a shopping mall at Maddilapalem in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday night.

Inspector of III Town Police Station J Lakshmana Murthy said a group of six B.Tech second year students came to CMR Central shopping mall in the city last night and found their juniors of around ten persons shopping. Irate that their juniors also came to the same mall, senior students forcibly took cash from the juniors and fled the mall.

Acting on a complaint lodged by victims, the police arrested four second-year students on charges of ragging. A case has been registered against the students under Section 4 of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997. The police produced the accused students at the Fourth Additional Chief Metropolitan court today, where the judge dismissed their bail petition.

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.

Jadavpur University student quits after severe ragging

An engineering student of the Jadavpur University has filed a police complaint, alleging he had to leave the university because of severe ragging at the hands of senior students in the hostel where he was staying.

Siddhanta Mundra, a second year student of mechanical engineering, said in the FIR lodged with the Kandi police station in Murshidabad district, where he resides, that he could hardly attend classes because of torture inflicted on him. Kandi IC Sunoyon Basu on Thursday confirmed having received the complaint on October 1.

Mundra stated in the FIR that as he was even forced to take drugs, he shifted to a private mess from the hostel. But his ordeal did not stop there, he complained, as he was threatened with dire consequences. The student's father Ramesh Chandra Mundra said that his son had even received a threat letter at the mess and that he was at the beck and call of senior students.

Dean of Jadavpur university Rajat Roy said Mundra did not inform the authorities before leaving. However, Roy said, "But we want him back in the university. He is a meritorious student. The university authorities will do everything to support him. All he has to do is come to us."

Roy also advised the student's father to lodge a complaint with the university and register a general diary at the Jadavpur police station. The father, however, alleged that he had gone to the Jadavpur police station, but his complaint was not registered. Even the university authorities refused to accept any written complaint, he added.

AU students expelled on ragging charges

Ten senior students of Allahabad University were expelled on Tuesday for an alleged ragging incident, which involved them making a video clip of juniors by forcing them to perform sexual acts with puffed dolls and sit-ups. The central university has also forwarded a report to the police for registration of FIR against the accused students.

The incident occurred in the A.N. Jha hostel on 3 October, 2012 and came into light past midnight on Monday when some first year inmates handed out the recorded clip to the media. According to hostel inmates, they were forced to perform unwarranted tasks and use foul language, while being mentally harassed. A senior student who had guided the ragging victims to lodge a complaint with the hostel administration was allegedly also roughed up by his batch mates.

The inmates add that since the administration did not take any action then, they decided to approach the media and police. However, according to University authorities, the accused 2 and 3 year students were suspended from the hostel and given show cause notices by the superintendent on Monday night.

Proctor Mata Amber Tiwari told The Hindu that action was taken immediately after the matter came into their knowledge and the guilty students had been suspended for a year with immediate effect after a decision by the Proctoral board and Dean of Student Welfare.

Mr. Tiwari added if the expelled students were to get re-admitted in future, they would be denied admission into any hostel run by the University or its Trust. Warden Sanjoy Saxena said the incident could be a fallout of the recently concluded Allahabad University Students’ Union elections and inquiries were on to ascertain the identity of the students “actually involved in the ragging.”

 “It’s an act of chicanery, to defame this reputed hostel and get even over their loss in the elections. We still cannot ascertain whether the students involved were bonafide students or outsiders,” said Mr. Saxena. According to inmates, the hostel would be frequented by members of some student outfits and the juniors would have difficulty to identity who the actual “seniors” were.

High court issues notice to CMC principal

LUDHIANA: Taking cognizance of a petition filed by a suspended warden and assistant professor of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, the Punjab and Haryana high court issued a notice of motion for November 2 to the college principal. A 150-page petition under Article 226/227 was filed by Dr Robert James on October 4 wherein he said the CMC administration ignored his complaint of ragging in boys' hostel and that instead of acting against the accused boys, the principal and the administration suspended him from his duties of warden of Ross Boys' Hostel.

On September 5, Dr James had raised the ragging issue in the media. He had said that a few senior students and members of the student council ragged junior medical students of the hostel under the pretext of orientation programme and misbehaved with him too. He added that he had submitted a written complaint against two boys to principal Dr S M Bhatti and the governing body, but it went unheeded. He then reported the July 25 matter to the senior functionaries, but still no action was taken.

 The college management, however, said after the wardenship was taken away from him, he started making the allegations. They added that the junior students never complained of ragging in the hostel.

Engineering diploma student alleges ragging

AMBALA: A student of diploma in engineering in a private polytechnic on Friday accused his seniors of ragging by disrobing him under the garb of introduction session in institute premises in Mullana township of Ambala.

In his complaint lodged with Mullana police station, the victim, a student of Shivalik Polytechnic, also accused senior students, studying in final year of various branches of engineering, of thrashing him and making casteist remarks when he resisted their pressure on Friday. "The seniors have forced me to take off pants four times in the recent past.

I was forced to lodge the complaint as things went to extreme levels today," the victim said in his complaint. "Fear of parents, who would have asked me to stay back at home, forced me to tolerate the wrongs by seniors for a long time,", the victim told this reporter, while referring to reasons for delay in filing the complaint. When contacted, inspector Ranbir Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Mullana police station, confirmed receipt of the complaint. "Currently, we are in Naraingarh for election duty in connection with Youth Congress elections.

My colleagues have discussed the complaint with me. We have started investigations and appropriate action will follow," he said. Principal of the polytechnic, N K Puri, however expressed ignorance about the incident. "We have not received any complaint from the victim or his family members so far. We observe zero tolerance towards incidents like ragging. Secondly, we are duty-bound to take action following court orders in this regard," he said.

Hisar ragging: Student thrashed, ends up in hospital

Hisar: A student of second year, Civil Diploma course in Shivalik Sikshan Sansthan, Hisar has alleged that he was subjected to ragging.

Ravindra Kumar has complained that his seniors misbehaved with him ever since he enrolled in the course. Kumar claims that he complained to the authorities in his institute but no action was taken. Talking to Bhaskar News, Kumar said he hails from a poor family and he lost his father in 2010.

He tolerated his seniors’ bad behavior towards him as he didn’t want to disrupt studies, he further said. On Thursday, Kumar was writing his session papers when he received a call asking him to come downstairs. When he went downstairs, a student took him outside the college on a bike. There, Kumar was surrounded by around a dozen students who thrashed him. Ravindra has told police that the students abused him and called him caste-names.

He fell unconscious and Kumar’s friends took him to a nearby hospital when they found him. Ravindra said earlier, he has been asked to pull down his trousers several times in the college.

Engineering student attempts suicide, alleges ragging by seniors

 “They were treating me as a ward boy. Besides, they used to order me to complete their paper work”

 DURGAPUR, 4 OCT: A first-year engineering student allegedly attempted suicide because of ragging by four seniors. After receiving complaints from the college authorities, police have begun investigating. None of the accused has been arrested yet.

Mr Pintu Majumdar, student at a private college in Raniganj, had lodged a complaint through the National Anti-Ragging Cell’s toll-free number in New Delhi last Saturday. The Cell sought an explanation from the college authorities on Wednesday.

The college immediately lodged a complaint with police. Mr Majumdar, a resident of Ghola in North 24-Parganas alleged that four third-year students ~ Mr Pronoy Das, Mr Bappa Ghanti, Mr Sourabh Karmakar and Mr Snehasis Ghosh ~ had been mentally and physically torturing him for the past few days.

He said: “This had become unbearable, so I attempted suicide to be free of it all."Mr Majumdar said: “They were treating me as a ward boy. Besides, they used to order me to complete their paper work.” The

University Grant Commission meanwhile, has made it clear in its latest explanation on ragging last July: “Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students will constitute ragging.”

The Asansol-Durgapur Police, meanwhile, hasn’t booked anyone for ragging, said Mr Suresh Kumar Chadivi, ADCP (Central).

Seven students suspended for ragging

 Varanasi: As many as seven students of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have been barred from attending classes and their registrations have been cancelled for the current semester over ragging charges.

 The Anti-Ragging Committee of IIT BHU found Harsh Kumar Lath, Rishabh Mishra, Rahul Mishra, Manish Jindal, Harshit Gupta, Ashish Yadav and Sahil Sirohi of Dhanrajgiri hostel guilty of being involved in a well-planned case of ragging. Prateek Mukhija, a first year student of Electrical Engineering had on September 11 registered a complaint regarding ragging on the mobile phone of the chairman of Anti-Ragging Squad.

The students who were found involved in the case have also been suspended from the hostel for the current semester while a penalty of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on each of them. They will also be barred from academic privileges such as sitting for campus interviews.