Tension prevailed on the Government Post Graduate College campus, here on Monday, as students vented their anger over the mysterious 'gang rape' incident, which allegedly took place within the campus on Friday afternoon. The incident, however, hasn't been confirmed and the victim, too, hasn't been traced so far.
Led by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), students staged a massive protest and gheraoed the college authorities, pressing for a probe into the incident. Words about the incident had started making rounds in the hill-town on Saturday after a newly-married girl reportedly came to the office of college principal RP Chopra and lodged a complaint verbally that five youths on Friday afternoon had raped her sister, who was a student of the college.
She, however, disappeared when principal asked her to give a written complaint. Since then there is no trace of the complainant.
Meanwhile, the ABVP leaders alleged that the college authorities were trying to hush up the matter and trying to save the accused who belonged to influential families. Furious students raised slogans against the authorities and demanded to show the footage of close circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed at various points on the college campus.
In between, two more girls came out claiming that the complainant had also met them and narrated about the incident that had happened with her sister.
“She met us and told that five youths had threatened her of dire consequences if she reported the matter to the college authorities or the police. She was also having the photograph of a youth whom she alleged was one of the accused and was student of the college,” the girls said, requesting anonymity.
“She also told us that the victim was in serious condition and was admitted to a local hospital,” said the girls, adding that the victim belonged to Chamba district and was living in a rented room near Dharamsala town.
However, neither the students nor the teachers were able to verify the identity of the said victim who remained untraceable.
Meanwhile, principal of the college admitted before the protesters that a girl had come to him but she complained only about molestation. He said the girl disappeared when he asked her to give the complaint in writing.
After pressure from the students, the college authorities submitted an application to the local police, demanding a probe.
Kangra additional superintendent of police (ASP) Shalini Agnihotri said the college authorities have submitted an application demanding an inquiry into the incident. “Police would investigate the case from all angles,” said Agnihotri.