The National Anti-Ragging Helpline (NARH) on Thursday received two complaints from students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), including a general secretary of the students’ council of the institute.
The complaints come only a week after three second year students of Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) were suspended for ragging a freshman.
On Thursday, a third year mechanical engineering student lodged a complaint against his batch mates, Bharath Gundala and Bokka Lohith, for ragging a second year student Emanvel Prabhu in an inebriated state. Gundala is the general secretary of the students’ council of the institute.
According to the complainant, the accused called (over phone) Prabhu to their hostel room on October 5 midnight and allegedly tried to harass him.
Prabhu somehow managed to escape from their room and took refuge in the complainant’s room. Gundala and Lohith allegedly came to the complainant’s room and hit Prabhu, leaving him injured.
According to the complaint, Bharat, who is a general secretary of the students’ council, was misusing his post and could easily manipulate any complaint.
In the second complaint, lodged by a first year student of the MANIT, alleged he was being mentally harassed by Gundala. The freshman alleged that Gundala had threatened to beat him up if he moved out of the hostel.
However, the students and college administration said the complaints were made due to personal grudges and had nothing to do with ragging.
Talking to HT, Gundala said: “This is not at all an issue of ragging. Some people have lodged complaint to take revenge from me.
This matter is not new. It’s a three year old issue. Last year only these students had tried to publicise the personal fight between two groups as a fight between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.”
“Every students and faculty members in the college know about me. I use to stop ragging in the institute. There are a good number of complaints of ragging against Prabhu, who is being presented as a victim,” he added.
When approached MANIT in-charge director MM Malik said, “Two-days ago, some students came to me and informed about a fight between two groups. I went there and intervened. They said sorry to each other and matter was sorted out. I warned them not to repeat any such incident…(Now) I received a complaint from the NARH and have forwarded it to the anti-ragging committee.”
Despite getting regular information on ragging incidents from National Anti-Ragging Helpline (NARH), the police continue to remain reluctant about knowing the gravity of ragging in colleges in the state
The police also did not take any action in the case where a freshman of Institute of Hotel Managemen was allegedly ragged by four seniors
According to NARH (Aman Movement) founder Raj Kachroo, MP continues to be in the top three states that have sent maximum number of complaints of ragging to the helpline
Last year, two students had left their colleges after being ragged, but no action was taken against the accused. A student of a private engineering college had alleged in September 2014 that both his hands were slashed by seniors.