FIVE FIRST year MBBS students of Gandhi Medical College (GMC) were brutally assaulted and forced to drink alcohol, resulting in hospitalisation of two of them on Friday night. Shaken and scared, the other three students left for their hometowns, according to sources.
Denying it as an incident of ragging, GMC Dean Dr M K Saraswat described it as a clash between two groups of first year students.
“The students reached a compromise later and the matter was not reported to the police. They gave in writing that no such incident would occur in future,” he told the Hindustan Times.
He added the matter has been referred to the college disciplinary committee that will take a decision by Monday. The dean claimed all four students involved in the incident were of first year.
Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said he learnt about the incident from parents of one of the students who called him from Dhanbad. “I have asked officials to find out details and give a comprehensive report on the issue,” he told HT.
However, sources said it was not a clash between first year students but brutal ragging by seniors in which the eardrum of
one of the students Anuj Gupta was damaged. He is undergoing treatment in the hospital.
Another student Ankur Agrawal was also admitted to the ENT department and discharged yesterday. Parents of the victims expressed shock over the GMC authorities’ attitude.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, parents of a traumatised student, who left the college and reached his hometown, said their son’s condition was such that he was not ready to rejoin the institute.
They revealed that their wards were confined to their rooms for three days, sexually assaulted and forced to consume liquor following which they were hospitalised.
They alleged that the dean was trying to hush up the matter. The parents said many first-year students were shying away from staying in the hostels and preferring rented accommodation for fear of ragging.
Ragging at medical college hostels ranges from stripping juniors, forcing them to do seniors’ assignments to taking away whatever money they have.
Incidentally, the medical college hostel is located near police station. The police said no specific complaint of ragging was received from students.
It’s a clash, says dean
GMC Dean Dr M K Saraswat denies it as an incident of ragging and describes it as a clash between two groups of first year students.
Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi says he has has asked officials to find out details and give a comprehensive report on the incident.