A day after the national anti-ragging helpline forwarded the complaint of ragging against Bachelor of Architecture students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) to University Grants Commission (UGC), MANIT director Appu Kuttan came forward to save the image of the institute.
Kuttan denied that the ragging incident happened in the institute. "Students who had lodged the complaint of ragging are lying. A few students are lodging complaints repeatedly to take revenge from a section of students," Kuttan said.
On October 1, some students of the institute had lodged a complaint with the helpline that they were mistreated by Barch students. They had also alleged that some Barch students, who were senior to them, had ragged and physically abused them.
Kuttan said, "I have always taken action against the accused, so nobody can claim that we are not responsive towards the complaints. Whenever, I found that the complaint was genuine one, I always forwarded it for a probe."
Notably, the national anti-ragging helpline had forwarded the recent complaint to UGC after it did not get any response from MANIT. "I agree that a few clashes have taken place recently but I can't believe this ragging story as ragging in our institute is strictly banned," said Kuttan.
However, a first year student said on the condition of anonymity, "I don't have any information about the recent ragging case, however, ragging is a part of life of the first year students."