Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Medical college rusticates unruly student

BHUBANESWAR: VSS Medical College and Hospital on Monday rusticated a first-year student for one year for his alleged involvement in an attack on his seniors on Sunday. "We rusticated one of the first-year students for a year for his behaviour, which is unbecoming of a student," said Dr Santosh K Behera, principal.

The decision came after second-year students gheraoed Dr Behera's office on Monday demanding action against the boy, who allegedly masterminded the attack on the sophomores. Around 100 second-year students had gone to Nrusinghnath shrine, around 200 km away from the state-run medical college in Burla, on Sunday.

On their way back, a group of 10-12 persons attacked them between Paikmal and Padampur. "They tried to molest the girls and abuse other students. They also pelted stones at our vehicles," said students' union general secretary Dinesh Prasad Sahu. Nine persons have already been arrested in Bargah district in this connection with the attack, police said. The second-year students said they suspected the boy, a native of Padampur, because some of the attackers had named him.

The college council took the decision after a marathon meeting following the first-year student's confession. However, his family refuted the allegation. "My nephew is not involved in any such attack. I don't know how such misunderstanding happened," said the boy's uncle. Sources said the dispute stems from ragging by seniors in the college. "There is an ongoing tension over ragging. The boy might have been a victim of that," said a student pleading anonymity. But Dr Behera denied any ragging on campus. "The issue had nothing to do with ragging," he said.

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