Four Himachal students booked for ragging

August 10th, 2010 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Aug 10 (IANS) Four senior students of a private university in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district were Tuesday booked for ragging their juniors, police said, adding that one of them has been arrested.
The four students - Hirdesh Sharma, Chetan, Parshant Kashyap and Madan Lal - of Manav Bharti University near Kumarhatti face charges of bullying and manhandling nearly 30 students last (Monday) night, Superintendent of Police Hirdesh Bisht told IANS.

He said a scuffle allegedly took place outside the university campus as the students were staying in rented accommodation.

“Chetan has been arrested and police are on the look-out for the others,” Bisht added.

University Director S.P. Bhardwaj said all the accused have been suspended and barred from appearing in any university exams.

After the death of Aman Kachru, a first year student who was allegedly ragged to death by four senior students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda near Kangra town last year, the state government has made ragging a cognisable, non-bailable offence compoundable with the permission of the court.

Any student convicted of the offence will be punished with imprisonment up to three years or fine of up to Rs.50,000 or both.

The offender will be expelled from the institution and will not be eligible for admission in any other institution for a period of three years.

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