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Student slashed with cutter for reporting ragging

Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 29, 2014
First Published: 18:09 IST(29/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:21 IST(29/8/2014)

A freshman at a Bhopal engineering college has been slashed with a cutter on Wednesday by his seniors against whom he had filed a ragging complaint a day before.

According to the police FIR filed on Friday, Rohit Sharma, 19, had joined the Oriental Institute of Technology College on Monday. The next day his seniors forced him to sing a song.

Rohit had informed the faculty about the incident the same day, but he was allegedly told not to take it seriously and forget about it as a routine happening.

Angry over the complaint, the same seniors confronted Rohit in the college canteen on Wednesday and asked him to puff a cigarette and blow smoke rings. When he resisted, they severely thrashed him and slashed his hands, head and abdomen with an engineering cutter, the complaint said.

He was threatened with dire consequences if he reported the incident to the college management or the police.

Scared, Rohit boarded a train in the evening to Gwalior where his brother Jitendra is putting up.

"Rohit was not in a good shape when he arrived here and I immediately took him to a hospital," Jitendra said.

On Friday morning, Rohit’s parents registered a complaint with the college dean, Sunil Singh, who forwarded the matter to the anti-ragging cell of the college.

Since Rohit didn't know the accused by name, the anti-ragging committee was trying to identify them with the help of the photographs pasted on the students’ admission forms.

On being approached by the college administration, a police team from the Bilkhiriya police station came to the college and registered an FIR. None of the accused has been arrested yet.

College chairman Praveen Thakral said he will comment on the incident only after the investigation is completed.

Madhya Pradesh last year ranked second on the list of the ragging complaints reported on University Grants Commission’s website. While Odisha topped the list with 62 complaints, as many as 51 complaints of ragging were reported from MP.


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