Custody of four ragging death accused extended

April 10th, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, April 10 (IANS) A Himachal Pradesh court Friday extended by 14 days the judicial custody of four students who have been accused of allegedly ragging a first-year medical student leading to his death last month.
Aman Kachru, 19, died March 8, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by four final-year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda town in Kangra district.

Kangra Judicial Magistrate Avinash Chander Sharma said the accused - Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma - facing murder charge under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code would be presented in the court April 23.

Meanwhile, a three-member sub-committee constituted by the Raghavan Committee on the direction of the Supreme Court, which reached the college Thursday to probe Kachru’s death, Friday studied the causes of his death.

The sub-committee comprised A.K. Aggarwal, dean of the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, Rajindra Prasad, principal of Ramjas College, Delhi, and Tanveer Aiejad.

“The sub-committee met heads of various departments, college staff, students and others to ascertain the reasons that led to the death of Kachru,” Anil Chauhan, the new principal of the medical college, told IANS on phone.

He said the sub-committee held separate meetings with Additional District Magistrate Sandeep Kumar, who conducted the magisterial probe into the ragging incident, Kangra Superintendent of Police Atul Fulzele and Deputy Commissioner K.K. Pant to know their findings into the ragging incident.

“Former college principal S. Shankayan also came to meet the sub-committee,” Chauhan said. Shankayan was suspended on the directions of the Supreme Court March 30.

The apex court had directed the Raghavan Committee to probe the ragging incident.

“Our aim is to know the reasons that led to the death of Kachru. We have also studied in detail the previous (ragging) incidents in the college and the steps taken by authorities to check the menace,” said Rajindra Prasad, a member of the sub-committee.

“We will submit the report to the Supreme Court monitoring committee on anti-ragging,” he said.

The monitoring committee on anti-ragging is headed by R.K. Raghavan.

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