A STUDENT of Holkar Science College committed suicide after being detained along with two others in a ragging case. Infuriated over the death students blocked traffic on the Agra-Bombay Road on Saturday to demand action against the college principal.
Ashok Choudhary, a resident of Mandsaur town, allegedly committed suicide on September 21 by jumping before a train. His body was recovered from near the Manikbag railway line, police said.
Enraged students led by ABVP leaders alleged that Choudhary was not involved in the ragging, but Principal Narendra Dhakad beat him up along with other students.
Choudhary, a B Sc final year student, had claimed that his name was falsely dragged into the matter. On September 20, Choudhary and two others were caught by the Principal and handed over to police for allegedly ragging juniors. They were released only after ABVP leaders reportedly intervened on their behalf.
The students today also set fire to Dhakad’s effigy to protest his ‘high-handedness’ and later blocked AB Road by keeping Choudhary’s photograph on it.
Bowing to the demand of agitating students Collector Vivek Aggarwal has ordered magisterial inquiry into the death. He said that administration would recommend to the State Government to send the college principal on leave during the period of inquiry.
The mutilated body of Ashok Choudhary was found near railway tracks on Thursday morning. It was kept in MY Hospital for over 36 hours, as police had no clue about its identity. On Friday evening, the deceased’s elder brother, Jitendra, identified the body. Ashok’s fellow hostellers said he was very depressed after returning to the hostel from police station on Wednesday night and left without informing anybody.
Two other accused – Prakash Chouhan and Kamal Kumar – had 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 police lockup at Bhanwarkuan police station.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, students led by ABVP staged a roadblock on AB Road in front of the college and burnt Dhakad’s effigy. They were demanding removal of college principal, action against guilty police personnel and Youth Congress leaders who put pressure on the college management besides compensation of Rs 2,00,000 to the family of the deceased.
As the blockade continued despite persuasion of the administration, police personnel grew restless and started putting on their protective gear.
Meanwhile, MLA Mahendra Hardia arrived on the scene. He criticised the college management for the manner in which it had handled the whole episode.
The demonstration finally ended after one and half hours when Vivek Aggarwal and SP Anshuman Yadav reached the spot and the former announced a magisterial inquiry.