4 months on, School of Planning and Architecture suspends 7 for ragging

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Naveen Kujur's knee appears to be permanently damaged, father hands names of accused.

Four months after seeking police action against students who ragged a junior and appeared to have permanently damaged his knee, the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) on Tuesday suspended seven students who had targeted Naveen Kujur.

The SPA held an internal inquiry after the Ranchi boy's father, David Kujur, approached college authorities last week with names of students who had ragged his son last September at a college hostel in New Friends Colony.

SPA Director Chetan Vaidya told Newsline that Kujur had handed names of the accused. "On that basis, seven second-year students have been suspended. An internal inquiry is on to ascertain the exact sequence of events. The committee is taking all accounts into consideration and is in talks with other junior students, guards and college staff. The police are investigating the case simultaneously," he said.

College authorities are asking junior students to step forward with any information they may have on the incident. "Even information in cases of ragging not related to this particular incident is welcome. We have promised the students that their inputs will be kept confidential," Vaidya said.

Last September, Naveen Kujur, a first-year undergraduate student, was ragged and "mentally and physically tortured" by his seniors due to which his left knee was damaged. He was allegedly made to do 1,000 sit-ups through the night.

David Kujur, speaking to Newsline on phone from Ranchi, said he brought his son to Delhi on January 14 for treatment. He was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where doctors said the injury appeared to be serious and could lead to permanent knee damage.

While he was here, David met the SPA dean, director and other senior officials regarding the incident. Expressing apology and regret, the college promised "appropriate action" but said Naveen would have to repeat his first year in college.

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