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Panjab University student booked for ragging

IANS  Chandigarh, August 02, 2009
First Published: 21:38 IST(2/8/2009) | Last Updated: 21:49 IST(2/8/2009)

A case has been registered against a second-year engineering student of the Panjab University (PU) for allegedly ragging his junior, police said on Sunday.


According to the police, Saurab Nandal of Rohtak town in Haryana studying here at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) was booked after the hostel warden registered a formal complaint against him.

PU authorities have also suspended the student until the probe against him is over.

"We have suspended the student from the department as well as from the hostel and started an inquiry against him. He had gone to Rohtak Friday night and we will record his statement once he is back," said a PU Official.

The issue surfaced when some students of Indian Theatre department saw Saurab ragging a first-year student of UIET outside his hostel Friday night. The students reported the matter to the PU authorities, who then informed the police.

The junior student, who is from Noida in Uttar Pradesh, is staying here in the hostel.

"We have registered a case against Nandal and started our investigation," police officer Sukhbir Rana said Sunday.

In the last academic session, nearly 25 students were involved in ragging on the PU campus. Half a dozen of them were expelled.

PU, one of the oldest universities of the country, was established in 1882 at Lahore and was shifted to Chandigarh in 1956.

The campus is spread in Sectors 14 and 25 of the union territory.  There are over 10,000 students, of which 70 per cent are girls, who study here in over 60 teaching and research departments.

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