Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging victim is under pressure 

Prithvin, a first year Computer Science diploma student at the KVG Polytechnic College in Sullia about 85 kilometers from Mangalore, who was allegedly ragged by his seniors, has complained to the Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police (SP) that the principal of the college is pressurising him to withdraw the case.

 SP Abhishek Goyal said, “The boy approached us stating that he is under pressure from the principal to withdraw the case. We have asked the Sullia police to look into this aspect.” Denying the allegation, college principal Ganesh N R said, “When the incident was brought to my notice, I immediately directed the student to file a complaint.

I have suspended five students who were involved in the incident. A 12-member committee has been formed to keep a check on ragging activities. Every day, two members from the committee will conduct inspections. Security at the hostel during the night has been increased, since the incident was reported after the 10.30 pm deadline.” Sullia police on Wednesday filed a case against five students in connection with the ragging incident.

The victim identified as Prithvin, a resident of Mysore, alleged that five students had come to his hostel room at around 11pm on Tuesday and asked him to fetch drinking water to their room. When he refused, they allegedly slapped him hard on his face, causing him a wound on his lip.

 Police have booked cases under sections 143, 147, 325 read with 149 under the Karnataka Education Act of 1983 against five boys. Darshan, Krithik, and Bhavan who were arrested late evening on Wednesday were produced before the magistrate and have been remanded in judicial custody. Sachin and Kaushik are absconding.

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