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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

College student dies due to'ragging', 2 students booked

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hamirpur, August 30, 2014
First Published: 21:14 IST(30/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:15 IST(30/8/2014)

Almost five years after the death of medical student Aman Kachroo due to ragging in Himachal Pradesh, police on Saturday registered a suicide case after the death of a student of a private polytechnic college allegedly due to harassment by seniors.

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Amit Kumar, 18, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his rented accommodation on Thursday.

Hamirpur district police chief, Ajay Bodh, said a case under sections 306 (abetment to sucide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions (anti-ragging) Act, 2009 against the management of the college and two of its students in connection with the incident has been registered.

Deep Chand, father of the deceased, alleged that his son was tortured by two students - Rishi Gautam and Vicky - of Gautam Group of Colleges and was forced to commit suicide.

He alleged that his deceased son had made a complaint to the principal of the college about harassment by these students but to no avail.

"Had the college authorities taken timely steps, the precious life of his son would have been saved," he said.
Chand said his son had also mentioned the mobile phone numbers of the students who were threatening him. He had not been attending classes due to the fear of being ragged, he said.

Confirming that the victim had made a complaint in writing and had alleged that some senior students were harassing him, college principal, Rajneesh Gautam, said: "We had assured him of action against the culprits but we never expected that Amit would take such an extreme step."

The district police chief said the police had registered a case but none of the students or the management of the college named in the complaint had been arrested so far.

Meanwhile, resentment prevailed in the college and among parents of the deceased over the incident and they have demanded strict action against the erring students and the management of the college.

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