A 19-year-old student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda in Kangra district, 250 km west of Shimla, died on Sunday night, a day after he was allegedly ragged by four of his seniors. Two students have been arrested.
The college authorities, however, said Aman Satya Kachru, who hailed from Gurgaon, died due to cardiac arrest.
The police said a case under Section 304 (an anti ragging act) had been registered. “There is direct link between the incident of ragging and the student’s death,’’ said Atul Fulzele, SSP, Kangra.
On Sunday, Aman and 12 other students had complained to the college authorities that four seniors had tortured them on Saturday night.
The complaint was signed by the 13 students.
In the complaint, Aman said on Saturday night, students Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma tortured him and the 12 other students for two hours.
He said the seniors beat them up mercilessly. “I was slapped seven times by Dr Ajay Verma,’’ Aman wrote in the complaint.
Aman, who was taken to hospital after he complained of pain, died later in the day.
Though the college denied Aman died due to ragging, principal Suresh Sankhyan took moral responsibility for the incident and resigned.
Sankhyan said he was unaware of the incident. “Students did not disclose the incident to anybody, neither to the warden nor to the hostel manager,’’ he said.
Aman’s relatives and friends said he died because of injuries. Dr Rajendra Kachru, his father, said, “It is shocking for us. I feel that Aman has been murdered."
Indira Dhar, Aman’s aunt, said, "The boy had told us about ragging when he came home for his holidays 15 days ago, but we never thought that this would be the consequence.”
Preliminary medical findings showed Aman had blood clots under his skin which were caused by beating.