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De-addiction clinic in Amann’s college

india Updated: Apr 26, 2009 23:25 IST
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Amann Kachroo was ragged to death on March 8 by drunk seniors at a Himachal Pradesh medical college Supreme Court suspended the college principal.

Raghvan Committee, in its report, highlighted “linkages of alcohol with ragging”

A de-addiction clinic has started functioning at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, which came into limelight following the death of a student last month due to ragging. A recent report has highlighted a link between alcohol and ragging in the institution.

A de-addiction clinic has come into being in the psychiatry department for the benefit of those having drinking and smoking habits, Principal Anil Chauhan said on Sunday.

The Raghvan Committee, which visited the college on the instruction of the Supreme Court, has in its report highlighted “unholy linkages of alcohol with ragging”.

Members of the psychiatry department are counselling students to visit the clinic to get rid of the habits. Besides, the college authority during an anti-ragging committee’s meeting on Saturday asked the district authority to remove liquor shops from vicinity of the college, Chauhan said.

The probe report of Additional District Magistrate Sandeep Kumar, submitted to the state government in March, revealed that four seniors — presently behind bars — had thrashed Amann on the intervening night of March 6/7 in an inebriated condition, resulting into the tragedy.

During a meeting between parents and teachers on Friday, the guardians alleged that about 900 bottles per month was the liquor consumption in the college. Chauhan, however, contested the figure, saying there are 250 students in the college out of which 50 per cent are girls. He said in addition to students, there are about 5,000 people residing on the college premises.

The Principal said that during the Friday meet, it was discussed that students should be given limited money as monthly expenses. It was estimated that about Rs 1,500 was required to meet the mess bill and other college expenses per month. In addition, parents should not give more than Rs 1,000 extra to meet miscellaneous expenditures, he said.

The Principal said draft proposal to root out ragging was discussed during Saturday’s meeting of anti-ragging committee. A copy of the draft proposal has also been sent to the Supreme Court for its perusal.