Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chennai students beaten up for trying to resist ragging 

CHENNAI: Five students of SRM University were brutally attacked by at least 30 seniors in two separate incidents for allegedly resisting ragging. The management, however, mentioned only one attack and claimed it was "not ragging".

The victims alleged that the management failed to act and the police, too, didn't register a case saying the seniors had tendered an apology. On January 19, Gautam Mahto, Krishna and Akhil were near an eatery in Adyar, when 20-25 students surrounded them and attacked them with sickles, knives and iron rods.

On January 24, Shashin Ram, Sai Nitin and Gautam were attacked by another group. Shashin Ram's right arm was fractured, and 10 stitches were needed to close the cuts on his head. Akhil was admitted to SRM hospital with 13 stitches, Krishna's nose ridge was broken and Sai Nitin had internal injuries, they said. Gautam said, "Seniors ragged me for several days.

When I refused to give in, they attacked me." SRM University registrar N Sethuraman said, "There was only one incident and it is not ragging. We didn't act as we didn't want enmity among students. The victims told us they had no complaints." Kancheepuram SP Xavier Dhanraj said, "I sent two officers to try and make the victims lodge a complaint. But they were not willing."

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