Thursday, September 12, 2013

Five law students booked for ragging

 COIMBATORE: Five senior students from Government Law College, Coimbatore, have been booked for ragging a junior. The victim was forced to salute the senior students. Three of the victim's friends were also assaulted when they intervened. E Annamalai (19), a native of Thoothukudi, is a second year student of the law college.

 He was standing in front of the main entrance gate of the college on Thursday when two senior students, Jayaram (fourth year) and Suresh (fifth year) started ragging him. The duo told Annamalai to salute them. Annamalai's friends, Abdul Rahman (fourth year) from Gandhipuram, Ramesh Pandian (fourth year) from Theni, Prabhakaran (fifth year) from Muthukulathur in Ramanathapuram district, Sathish ( fifth year) from Theni and Thavamani Selvam (second year) from Madurai intervened and asked the seniors to leave Annamalai alone.

 However, Jayaram and Suresh refused to back off and, instead, invited three friends to join them in ragging Annamalai. A quarrel arose between the two groups and the pro-ragging groups attacked Annamalai's friends with knives and wooden logs. Abdul Rahmann sustained injuries on his left hand while Ramesh Pandian and Sathish received injuries on their arm and head respectively. The trio was admitted at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

 Annamalai lodged a complaint with Vadavalli police inspector L Baskar who registered a case against the senior students, Jayaram, Suresh and three others under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 294 (b) (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place ) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) of the IPC and under section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997.

 "We are conducting a detailed inquiry about the two groups of students. Stringent action will be taken against students found guilty of ragging," said inspector Baskar.

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