Ragging charges rock Pune Agri College

University

First year students staying in a hostel of Pune's Agriculture College have registered a complaint with the college authorities, alleging second-year students had ragged and beaten them up.

A student who had been allegedly been beaten up complained Monday night to his parents, who went to the campus and caught the seniors he had named as they were leaving the first-year hostel. Vilas Patil, father of the first-year student, said they have lodged a written complaint with the management. Associate dean B R Ulmekh said a committee has been formed to look into the matter.

The seniors had apparently started ragging the juniors from their second day at college. "Our classes started August 26 and the seniors started ragging us the next day. They would call us to their rooms Sundays and ask us questions. If we could not answer, they would beat us up," said a first-year student.

Another said, "Once they took us to the Chatuhshrungi Hill and beat us up without reason." Most of the hostel's 130 first-year students alleged having been beaten up by seniors.

On Monday night, three seniors allegedly entered the hostel at night. "One of them had given me his practical manual and ordered me to complete it by Monday. I refused. On Monday night he and two others entered and beat me up. Till yesterday, we had not complained but yesterday I told my parents. The seniors used to enter the hostel from the back door, and climb the building through pipes. While they were trying to get out yesterday, my parents caught them and called the police," said the student beaten up last night.

His father said, "We called the police and the hostel rector took down the complaint. We did not file a police complaint because we have been assured the college will take action." Patil was accompanied by Vidya Vatsal, founder of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Sena. "This is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed immediately. This has been happening for quite some time now. Even if the students have not suffered serious injuries, the mental trauma is immense," said Vatsal.

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