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Ragging leads to free-for-all

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 01:46 IST
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TWO SENIOR students of Lucknow Polytechnic had to pay a heavy price for ragging a first-year student. Residents not only thrashed the duo, but also shot at one of them in Krishnanagar on Tuesday afternoon.

While others fled the scene, one of the students, identified as Sushil Kumar was dragged into a nearby bylane.

The residents thrashed him and later threw him to pet dogs in a house. Bitten by dogs, the student ran to the polytechnic.

Chaos prevailed on Kanpur Road after Polytechnic students staged a blockade, protesting against the alleged attack on the two students. The blockade was cleared only after a case was registered against unidentified residents at the local police station.

The trouble began after a group of second-year students waylaid a first-year student with the intention of ragging him. The junior student lives in a rented house near the polytechnic.

The junior offered resistance and residents arrived on the scene. The residents, who outnumbered the students, beat them up.

Forty polytechnic students who rushed to the locality to avenge the attack on their colleagues had to beat a retreat as one of the residents opened fire with a licensed weapon.

A stray bullet hit the hand of a student Pravin Kumar.  Enraged over the attack, the students later blocked the Kanpur Road, disrupting traffic for over an hour.
The blockade was removed only after the cops and the members of college faculty pacified them and assured of registering a case against the erring residents.

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