A day after arresting 10 students of the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) for ragging five freshers, the police released them on personal surety bonds.
On Wednesday night, the BHU administration had imposed a Rs 50,000 fine on each of the accused.
They were also expelled from their hostels for six months and suspended from classes for 15 days.
The police said the BHU security staff had caught the 10 students ragging juniors outside the campus at Assi Ghat on the banks of the Ganga on Wednesday evening.
The culprits were then handed over to the police.
Under Supreme Court guidelines, college and university authorities are supposed to inform the police immediately after they come to know of a ragging incident.
The police registered a case of insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace against the accused. The offence carries a maximum punishment of two years.
All the 10 senior students are from IT-BHU’s department of applied mathematics.
They were identified as Sahil Mehta, Rajul Rajput, Amit Sinha, Vaibhav Agarwal, Ram Bharatia, Ankit Kedia, Nayan Shah, Sudesh Kumar (all BTech IInd year students), Ankur Joshi and Arpit Srivastava (both BTech IIIrd year students).
The decision to punish them was taken at a meeting of the university’s anti-ragging committee, chaired by BHU vice-chancellor Professor D.P. Singh. It will be put for ratification at the panel’s next meeting within a week.