In an alleged case of ragging, two engineering students from Kerala studying in Tamil Nadu were brutally assaulted by their seniors on a Kerala-bound train on Friday night while their co-passengers looked on.
Geeverghese John and Arun Raj, both 19, were travelling in the general compartment of the train when their seniors, most of them inebriated, allegedly demanded their ATM cards and money.
When John and Raj refused, they were attacked with blades and iron rods. The bleeding students then got off at Erode where they were taken to a government hospital by railway authorities.
John, a student of Jnanamani Engineering College in Salem, has now been admitted to the Specialists' Hospital in Kochi with deep wounds and cuts all over his body. More than 50 stitches were required to stop the bleeding.
Raj too had several stitches on his body and forehead and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thrissur.
“The seniors even threatened to throw us out of the running train,” John said. The Tamil Nadu police have registered a case and alerted their Kerala counterpart to help name the accused.