Four accused in Kachru ragging granted bail

July 18th, 2010 - 1:19 am ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, July 17 (IANS) A Himachal Pradesh court Saturday granted bail to all the four students who have been accused of allegedly ragging a first-year medical student leading to his death last year.
“All the four accused students were granted bail by the fast-track court of Purinder Vidya as all the eyewitnesses in the case have been examined by the court,” a lawyer appearing in the case told IANS.

There were 71 witnesses in the case.

Aman Kachru, 19, died March 8, 2009, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by four final-year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda town in Kangra district.

The four students, Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma - accused of assaulting Kachru - were arrested soon after the crime. They face murder charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

The state government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of Kachru, which concluded he died to injuries sustained in ragging.

The inquiry report said many first-year students, including Kachru, were subjected to intense physical ragging in the early hours March 7.

“Kachru collapsed and died due to injuries which the post-mortem report has linked to the incident of ragging,” said the report, holding college principal Suresh Sankhyan responsible for the lapses.

Sankhyan had resigned from the post after the incident.

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