Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam has directed assistant deputy commissioner Rajesh Tripathi to start an inquiry into a complaint of ragging of a Class-7 student that has surfaced from one of Patiala’s premier educational institutes, the Yadavindra Public School.
The DC, while ordering the inquiry on Saturday, has sought a report by next week.
An assistant professor at Punjabi University Sumrinder Singh Sira had approached the DC and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) on Friday alleging that his son Zubaer Sira (14), a Class-7 student at YPS, had been ragged and tortured at the school hostel since July this year.
He had also accused the school management of inaction, even after he lodged a formal complaint with it on September 1.
The school is run under the chairmanship of Raja Malwinder Singh, the younger brother of Amritsar MP and former Punjab Congress Committee chief Captain Amarinder Singh.
“My son Zubaer Sira is a Canadian resident. He joined the YPS in Class-7 (O) in July this year and was given a seat at the Phulkian House hostel.
He seemed to be settling in well, as his previous schooling had been in Toronto, Canada. However, it was soon to turn into a nightmare as my son has been brutally ragged and has been in trauma.
He got bullied and threatened by other hostellers of Class 8 and above. His clothes and shoes were snatched. The other seniors made him do their homework.
The juniors were summoned to the seniors’ rooms at night and were physically abused… those who disobeyed were beaten with hockey sticks.
The terrified juniors were also threatened not to complain or approach anyone for help,” his complaint to the authorities states.
“I submitted a complaint regarding the ragging, bullying, and the physical and mental abuse to the hostel warden on September 1. However, she refused to acknowledge my complaint or take any action. I withdrew my son from the hostel the same day,” his plaint goes on to add.
YPS principal Dr Stanley Vinod Kumar rubbished the allegations, while claiming that Zubaer’s father had cooked up the charges to press the school to exempt the child from the compulsory stay in the hostel.
“All these charges are false and an attempt to press the school to exempt the student from compulsory stay in the hostel. The parents want their child to be a day scholar,” the principal claimed.
“Ragging is a serious issue. I have directed ADC Tripathi to look into the allegations and submit a report by next week. If the charges are proved, we will take stern action as per Supreme Court guidelines,” Deputy Commissioner Roojam said.