Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging death case: 7 Malayalis held

 The police have arrested seven Malayali students in connection with the death of P Deepak, 20, a Malayali student pursuing engineering at a self-financing college near Rasipuram in Namakkal district on Thursday evening.

 Superintendent of Police P Kannammal said that seven students, whose chase led to the killing of Deepak, were held and were slapped with murder charges.

 They are M Ashwanth, 20 (Balussery, Kozhikode), Davis K Cherian, 21 (Mallapally, Pathanamthitta), J Sebin John, 20 ( Manimalayil, Kannur), J Danis Johns, 21 (Srikantapuram, Kannur), A Sarath, 20, (Chennankalangode, Malappuram), J Lijo Joseph, 21, (Thamarassery, Kozhikode) and T Mithun Thomas, 20 (Perumpallimandalam, Malappuram).

 Except Mithun Thomas who was a second year student, all the others were third year engineering students. “P Deepak, 20, and his friend J Dinesh, 19, both second year students of a self-financing engineering college located near Andagalur Gate, Rasipuram, were moving in a bike after the college hours and were chased by a gang of seven fellow students in a car.

 One of the occupants of the car hit Deepak with an iron rode, following which he fell down and hit boulders lying on the side of the road. Deepak died on the spot while Dinesh suffered serious injuries,” P Kannammal said. Initially, the police assumed that it could be a hit-and-run incident but the truth came out only when one of the college staff who passed by the scene noticed a car fleeing.

 He passed the information to the college authorities and subsequently to the cops, leading to the car being intercepted at the toll plaza at Omalur, Salem. Rasipuram SP S T Rajan said that seven students were held and slapped with murder charges.

 They were staying at rented houses in Salem and commuting to the college by car. Preliminary investigations revealed that a petty quarrel at the college while collecting water from a cooler led to the killing of the student. “Deepak and Dinesh had forced their way to the cooler to collect water without minding their seniors. A scuffle had broken out and the seven students had warned them of dire consequences,” the SP said.

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