EDUCATION & RAGGING: Ragging axe on tech school senior

EDUCATION & RAGGING: Ragging axe on tech school senior – junior floozies too soft, college thrill diluted – caution against going too far for other seniors ?!!

Riju Ghosh at his Bankura home on Monday - the mummy's darling, now to be traumatized & haunted forever ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Aug. 17: The Siliguri Institute of Technology has suspended second-year BCA student Kaushik Chakraborty for allegedly ragging a junior who had been forced to discontinue his studies at the institution and return to his Bankura home on Sunday.

Kaushik will remain suspended till the inquiry against him is over.

The father of the victim had accused Kaushik and Aritra Bhattacharya, a second year student at the Surendra Institute of Engineering and Management (SIEM), of physically and mentally torturing his son Riju Ghosh at a private hostel in Pradhannagar on Friday night. Riju had joined the SIT to pursue a BTech in computer application.

“The decision to suspend Kaushik was taken yesterday and the notice will be issued when the college reopens tomorrow. We have constituted a three-member committee with two internal members and an external one and they will start the inquiry tomorrow. We are expecting the report to be submitted within a week,” said Gautam Das, the in-charge of the SIT.

However, SIEM authorities claimed that they were yet to receive a complaint from Riju.

“We have not received any complaint from the boy’s guardians based on which we can take action against Aritra. But we will start an inquiry on the matter soon,” said R.K. Jha, the SIEM principal.

Riju’s father today appealed to Sabyasachi Sengupta, the vice-chancellor of the West Bengal University of Technology, to take punitive action against the two senior students.

“I narrated the entire incident to the VC over the phone. I have also sent him a fax, demanding strict action against both Kaushik and Aritra because of whom my son is in a state of mental depression now. I appealed to the VC to get Riju admitted to any engineering college under the university in and around Bankura or in Calcutta, preferably to study the same course he had pursued at the SIT,” said Subir Ghosh said over the phone from Bankura.

Ghosh also said he would approach the Calcutta-based Techno India Group that runs the SIT for the refund of the money he had paid for Riju’s admission.

Sengupta said he would ask both the colleges to send reports on the incident.

“The victim’s father today sent me a written application, on the basis of which I can initiate an inquiry and take action against the students involved in the ragging. It will not be possible to specify what action will be taken before the inquiry gets over. I have asked both the institutions to send me reports,” said the VC.

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