Saturday, March 21, 2009

Beaten Path


New ragging case: Medical student beaten up in HP college
21 Mar 2009, 0148 hrs IST, TNN

SHIMLA: A first-year medical student was beaten up by two interns at a medical college in Shimla on Thursday night, only hours before the Himachal Pradesh government issued an ordinance to deal with ragging following the shocking death of Amann Kachroo, also a first-year student, at the Tanda Medical College.

The fresh case of ragging was reported from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla. Acting fast, the disciplinary committee of the college met on Friday morning and decided to expel the two interns — Nikhil Verma and Sushant Sharma — from the hostel and suspend them for six months.

Ironically, only a day before, the staff and students of IGMC had held a condolence meeting for Amann. The students were counselled by senior staff on the ills of ragging at the meeting.

According to sources, Vivek was accosted by Nikhil and Sushant, who were allegedly drunk, about 10 pm on Thursday. They stopped the first-year student and bashed him up, even as Vivek pleaded with them to spare him.

The college tried to pass off the incident as "manhandling''. IGMC principal Surender Kashyap said after the incident, Vivek, accompanied by other students, complained to the hostel warden, who intervened and defused the situation.

Asked if the police were informed, Kashyap said as the warden was told about the incident and the situation controlled immediately, he felt it was not necessary to report the matter to the cops.

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