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Bhopal: MANIT student accuses senior of ragging

A first-year mechanical engineering student of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal lodged a complaint against his seniors. This is the third case in the current academic year.

bhopal Updated: Sep 24, 2014 17:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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In a fresh case, a first-year student of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) lodged a complaint against his seniors on Monday. This is the third case in the current academic year.

The mechanical engineering student alleged that his seniors asked his first-year friends to dance without wearing pants and also forced them to clean the floor.

MANIT director Appu Kuttan KK has forwarded the matter to proctor board and instructed wardens and security guards to tighten the security arrangements. The director has also asked wardens to ensure no entry of seniors in the juniors' hostel.

However, students said the security guards acted like a "toothless tiger". In case of ragging and brawl, instead of intervening and controlling the situation, security guards prefer to stand aside, they alleged.

"Security guards don’t have power and equipment to control the situation. The number of complaints could come down, if security guards are empowered by administration," he added.

Meanwhile, junior students said this complaint would meet the same fate as the previous ones.

"The MANIT administration does only one thing after getting a complaint: forwarding the matter to proctor board. The board never finds any one accused in any case of ragging," said a junior, on the condition of anonymity.

"We would not be surprised much if this complaint is termed as an outcome of a fight or brawl among students," he added.

He said when the college officials visited hostels, seniors pretended to be friendly with them but again started harassing them.

The first case of the academic year surfaced when afirst year students from Andhra Pradesh lodged complaint of physical and mental harrasment on August 1.

On August 23, some second year students lodged complaint of ragging against third and fourth year student.

First Published: Sep 24, 2014 15:45 IST