Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nine medical students arrested for ragging

 ONGOLE: Clamping down on ragging, Prakasam district police on Thursday arrested nine medical students. All the accused are the first year students of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ongole, a government medical college. Incidentally, they are the first batch students of the newly opened medical college.

 The students accused of ragging their classmates, were sent to judicial remand for 14 days. Giving the details, SP K Raghurami Reddy said a group of students formed into a gang and started harassing some of their classmates. A student, Veerlapati Nagavenkata Ganesh of East Godavari district stayed in the medical college hostel for two months since his admission into the college.

Unable to bear the alleged torture by a 'dominant group',he shifted to a private room near the college last week. However, the students went to his room and ragged him over the past few days. The accused are believed to have threatened the victim on the college campus on Wednesday and attacked him in the room in the late hours on that day.

Upon information, police reached the spot and arrested all the nine accused. During interrogation, another incident of ragging came to the notice of the police. The police immediately summoned the other victim, Vallepu Santoth Kumar of Nalgonda district, also a first year student and recorded his statement. The SP directed the local police to register cases against the medical students.

Police arrested Ravi, Praveen, Elia Naik, Anoop, Karunya, Kaushik, Mohan, Varma and Sivannarayana. Ongole One Town SI Shaik Gouse said the accused have been charged under section 4 (1) of AP Prevention of Ragging Act.

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