Thursday, September 12, 2013

Teacher beaten up for preventing ragging

 A guest teacher at Government Thakur Ranmat Singh College in Rewa district was beaten up by two senior students on Monday morning, after he prevented them from ragging first year students. The incident comes just five days after a girl student of a pharmacy college in Bhopal committed suicide having been ragged by seniors.

 Interestingly, earlier in the morning, students of BCom first year of the college had made a complaint with the national anti- ragging helpline of the University Grants Commission, saying that the senior students were harassing them and beating them up regularly. According to Civil Lines police, around 10.10am on Monday, when the guest teacher Jitendra Shukla was taking English class of first year students at the college, the two accused–Mehfuz Khan and Nitesh Tiwari–barged into the class and told the teacher to leave as they wanted to rag the juniors. When the teacher refused to allow them, the accused abused and assaulted him, in-charge of the Civil Lines police station, Sandeep Ayachi told HT over telephone.

 Upon the complaint of the teacher, the police have registered cases against the two accused under multiple sections, including assault, criminal intimidation, preventing government servant from discharging duties and forcing to commit offence (in this case becoming an accomplice in ragging). Mehfuz is a son of a police constable and has a past record of multiple crimes, mainly intimidation and assault.

 Both are absconding and the police have launched a manhunt for them. Despite repeated attempts on the landline of the college and on the cell phone, principal of the TRS College, AP Mishra, could not be contacted for comment. Earlier in the morning, after getting a telephonic complaint from the BCom first year students of TRS College, the authorities of the national anti-ragging helpline contacted the principal of the college, vice-chancellor of Avadesh Pratap Singh (APS) University, Rewa, and superintendent of police of Rewa Akash Jindal, urging them to take immediate steps to resolve the issue. when contacted, vice chancellor of APS University, RM Mishra, said he had been intimated about the ragging complaint by the anti-ragging helpline.

 He said now that he has also been informed about the assault on teacher, he would talk to the principal of the college on the both the issues and ask him to take suitable action. “The university-level antiragging monitoring committee would also conduct a probe into the incidents and we would initiate action after the report,” the VC said. (With inputs from Rakesh Yengal in Rewa)

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