ONE OF the three accused in the ragging case at Holkar College has gone ‘missing’. However, police refuse to file a case despite his college friends and relatives from Mandsaur saying so.
The student’s parents arrived here from Mandsaur and said that their son had not come home. Youth Congress activists also staged a demonstration accusing the Bhanwarkuan police and college administration of trying to hush up the case. They staged roadblocks in front of the police station and college campus on Friday.
Ashok Choudhary, who is among the prime accused in the ragging case, went missing from room number three of the private Sonu Bagga hostel in Ashok Nagar, where he stays.
The two other accused - Prakash Chouhan and Kamal Kumar - told media persons here on Friday that they were beaten up by the police and professors at the behest of principal Dr Narendra Dhakad and made to spend larger part of the day in the police lockup at Bhanwarkuan police station. Later Choudhary had become panicky and kept murmuring that he was innocent and on his return left the hostel early in the morning without informing anyone.
After talking on the phone with Ashok’s father Radheshyam Choudhary and confirming that he had not reached his native place Mandsaur, Prakash and Kamal came to the police station at 10 am on Friday to file a missing person report, but were led off by the police.
Chouhan and Kumar told media persons there was no incident of ragging and also produced some junior students to prove their point. They stated that no ragging takes place in public in an open place as was the case and particularly when the numbers of those being ragged was allegedly as high as 50. They also alleged that the college administration, realising its mistake, was forcing students to sign papers declaring that ragging had occurred.
When contacted independently by the media, B Sc first-year students initially tried to evade questions but later said that they were not being ragged and on the contrary a general introduction was being held.
Meanwhile, Dhakad is reported to have received calls from political leaders following which he urged the Bhanwarkuan police not to register cases against the students, as their career would be jeopardised.
Regarding not registering a missing person report, Bhanwarkuan police said that 24 hours had not elapsed since the student allegedly went missing.
TI Arun Mishra said that either the college or the hostel warden where he was staying should have accompanied the students for filing the FIR.
Moreover, it had not been established that he really had gone missing and the students had shown haste in approaching the police without trying to verify whether their friend was in transit or at some relative or friend’s place.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress activists cashed in on this confusion prevailing in the college and staged roadblock before the police station and college gate creating traffic jam on the busy AB Road. Traffic had to be temporarily diverted on the other lane.