Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging: MANIT brass in denial mode, cops meet complainant

 BHOPAL: Sticking to their stand for second straight day, authorities in Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) have termed a complaint lodged on UGC helpline as fake. Police on Monday confirmed that there was a complaint and they met the complainant. "After receiving details, I contacted father of the complainant.

He was satisfied with promptness shown by the police after receiving ragging complaints on the helpline," said SP Bhopal (South) Anshuman Singh. About the complaint he said, "It was a complaint of general nature by a student stating that juniors are facing trouble from seniors. Student is from MANIT." Asked about the identity of the student, he said, "Student's name cannot be disclosed at any level of the process." 

Interestingly, MANIT director Dr Appu Kuttan claimed that the complaints filed on UGC helpline are absolutely fake. "I personally met first year students and they did not say anything about the complaint on the helpline," he said. Dr Kuttan added that he spoke to the UGC and assured them the campus is ragging-free.

 He said the only incident that took place on MANIT campus was a fight between third year and final year students about 15 to 20 days ago. "It was not ragging. I had immediately suspended seven students including 6 from final year and one from third year. I will not tolerate any ragging or fight among students," he said. MANIT will soon launch a helpline to deal with ragging complaints.

 "The helpline number will be displayed on official portal of MANIT. Students can contact me directly any time if they are facing ragging issues." Security personnel stepped up vigil on the campus.

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