Mangaluru Jan 22: Police have arrested nine students of a private college in the city for on charge of ragging a junior. The ragging is said to have taken place in the Valachil Campus of the Srinivas Group of Colleges nearly two weeks ago.
The arrested have been identified as Jishnu (20), Shrikanta P V (20), Ashwanth (20), Sayanth (22), Abhirath Rajiv (21), Rahul P (21), Jishnu (20), Mukhthar Ali (19) and Mohammed Razeem (20) – all are natives of Kerala. They are said to be second year and final year students. The victim, hailing from Kasargod, is a first year student.
City police chief N Shashi Kumar told media persons that the victim and his batch-mate were constantly ragged by the nine seniors. “On January 10, the duo was forced to visit the accused’s paying guest accommodation. The victims were asked them to cut their hair, moustache and were also threatened. The seniors beat up the first year student and behaved in an inhuman way,” he said.
When the victim visited the paying guest accommodation, the seniors were reportedly ragging four others students. Unable to tolerate ragging, the victim decided to discontinue his studies and went back to his home town. He informed his parents that he will not go to college again. Doubting this behaviour, the parents informed police. During investigation, the ragging issue came to light, said the top cop.
The police chief said that many students have ended lives unable to tolerate ragging in various colleges across the state. He also urged the managements of the educational institutions to take necessary steps to curb ragging.
Suspend these goondas from college or give them a last + final warning. In case they repeat it again and anyone else does this will be dismissed from college with a red mark in his records as no other college will give admission to them. If they are interested in ragging and other bad habits like drug, they should keep away from college. All colleges should install cctv in every corner and patrolling should be done regularly. Any outsider without permission should not be allowed to enter the college or hostel.