Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging terror in school, 16 hurt - Class XII boys beat up juniors, authorities accused of covering up incident

 Kokrajhar, July 31: Altogether 16 students of Classes VII and VIII were severely beaten up by their seniors in Class XII in what is being described as a “ragging incident” at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Ransaidram, at Basugaon town in Chirang district. The incident took place in a common room on Monday evening but came to light the following day when a guardian went to see his son at the hostel.

 Three boys — Class VII student Danjit Kumar Brahma and Class VIII students Jitamitra Basumatary and Anjalu Basumatary — were admitted to a hospital in Kokrajhar. Jitamitra’s shoulder was fractured. According to Danjit, some senior students called them to the common room and started beating them with sticks and kicked them. They warned the junior students not to inform their teachers or guardians about the incident “or more punishment would follow”.

 The trigger for this incident is still unclear but sources said it could be the result of an altercation that took place in the canteen a few days ago when some senior students tried to snatch food from a few juniors. School authorities have apparently tried to cover up the incident. The guardian of one injured student, D.K. Brahma, said: “The school principal called me and said that my son was ill but he didn’t inform me about the incident even when I met him in his chamber.

When I met my son, I noticed the injury marks on his body and when I asked him how he got them he told me about the whole incident.” “Later I found out that 16 students were badly beaten up, but the institute is taking it casually. How can such a major incident happen and school authorities claim not know anything about it,” he asked.

 Some of the injured students said they had been physically assaulted many times earlier but this time was the worst. Family members of the victims have lodged an FIR at Basugaon police station. Principal of the institute S.K. Tiwary termed the incident “unfortunate” and said disciplinary action would be taken against the students involved.

 He said the incident had sparked resentment among the student community in the school complex. BTC executive member in-charge of the education department Derhasat Basumatary strongly condemned the incident and urged school authorities and the district administration to take stern action against the guilty students.

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