4 students held for ragging

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

We have zero tolerance to ragging and would mete out very stringent and suitable punishment to those who indulge in ragging in the campus, even leading to suspension and / or expulsion from the hostel and / or the institution itself depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established." the institute issued a statement.

PUNE: The ugly culture of ragging has once again erupted in Sinhgad Academy of Engineering, where a student was beaten up badly in a college hostel room by eight students who also ordered him to address them as ‘bhai’ and say ‘namaskar’ to them in the future whenever he sees them. All this because he had asked his friend whom they had beaten, to complain against them to the college director and rector. 

The 19-year-old student from first-year computer engineering course, has lodged an FIR with Kondhwa police station under Pune city police. The police had booked six students including two minors.

The incident took place around 1.30 am on October 13 at the college campus in Yeolewadi. “On October 12, when I met my friend, his face was swollen. When asked about it, he told me that some students had beaten him up. I advised him to inform his parents and also complain to the hostel rector as well as college director. While I was sleeping in my room, someone knocked the door around 1.30 am (Oct 13 night). My roommate opened the door and 7-8 students barged into the room. They asked for me and my roommate pointed at me and they asked me to come out. When I refused they started beating me for advising my friend to complain against them. They hit me with fists and kicks. One of them hit glass on my head and punched me on face. They threatened me of dire consequences saying they will make my life hell here. They also told me to address them as ‘bhai’ and say ‘namaskar’ when I come across them,” the victim stated in his complaint. 

The police have charged the accused persons for offences under assault, criminal intimidation, trespass, unlawful assembly, rioting under the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act. 

Police Sub-Inspector SS Kale, who is investigating the case, said, “We have arrested four students. We have sent magisterial custody remand (MCR) as no recovery has to be made.”

IT IS NOT RAGGING: SINHGAD INSTITUTE
“As per our policy, we strictly abide by the UGC and AICTE regulations and notifications, court directives and the state Act in letter and spirit to ensure that no ragging happens in the campus. We have firm policy and guidelines to prevent ragging in all our campuses. We have zero tolerance to ragging and would mete out very stringent and suitable punishment to those who indulge in ragging in the campus, even leading to suspension and / or expulsion from the hostel and / or the institution itself depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established. In the present case, a fight was reported between a first year student and a group of students some of whom are also from first year. He informed his parents who reported the matter to the police station. He along with his parent as well the students involved are being questioned and the matter is being investigated in detail. The student and his parents have stated verbally that this is not a case of ragging and they have not reported it as ragging. Apparently, it appears to be a case of indiscipline, of fight between students, as we still do not have any complaint on ragging so far. As stated earlier, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards ragging and if the case is of ragging, we ensure very stringent action against perpetrators,” the institute issued a statement.

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