Marine Institute suspends students for ragging

Kolkata, August 18 : Police began a probe into alleged ragging on two outstation students from Lucknow and Dehradun at the Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) here after the authorities suspended two senior students for criminal offence on Saturday.

Amir Suhail from Lucknow and Vaanchit Kundlia of Dehradun, who had got admission in the first year in the only such institute in south Kolkata on August 7, had been subjected to brutal torture and harassment from day one allegedly by three 3rd year students.

Initially their complaints of being tortured to both the local police station in Taratala, and the institute authorities went unattended and they departed
for home threatening to sue at the appropriate place.

Mother of Vaanchit Kundlia had said they would move into consumer court if need be. She added that though she has filed an FIR with the Taratala police, no action has yet been taken against the college authorities.

Institute director Moloy Kanti Ghosh said after receiving an investiqating committee report on this aspect Himanshu Phoole and Jesu Thomas, both students of 3rd year, have been put under suspension. Another accused student, Bipul Agarwal's case was being investigated, the director added.

Taratala police also started investigating the case following an FIR lodged by Amir Sohail.

Last year a 19-year-old student was allegedly beaten up badly by two of his seniors during his ragging.

The victim from Delhi was hospitalised with severe head, hip and jaw injuries in April, 2012.

--IBNS (Posted on 18-08-2013)

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