In an alleged case of ragging at Delhi University’s Satyawati College (Evening), a first-year student of BA Programme was allegedly beaten up by a group of 15 students on the college premises on Tuesday afternoon. The student, Puneet Kumar, is missing since Wednesday evening, his friend said.
Speaking to Newsline on Wednesday afternoon, Puneet Kumar, a first-year student of BA Programme at the college, said the incident took place on the college premises on Tuesday around 3.30 pm. “I had gone to the classroom in the new block of the college to take my bag. I was standing and talking to a friend who had come to check if he could get admission there. We were standing at the door when a group of around 15-20 youth, standing nearby, asked us to come to them. They asked us our names. One of them then asked us to come with them. When I asked them where they were taking us, the man slapped me. Then the others beat us,” Puneet said.
He further claimed that they were beaten up with broom-sticks. “I have got 4-5 stitches on my head. They hit me on my stomach, hands and legs. My friend was beaten up too. The doctor has advised me to take bed rest for seven days. So, I have not been able to go to the college,” he said.
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The duo were rushed to a nearby hospital and doctors informed police, Puneet said. On Wednesday evening, however, Puneet’s family and friends said he left his house in Sonepat after a heated argument.
“He had a tiff with his family and left the house. We thought that he will be back in an hour or so but he has not returned. Someone said that he was spotted at the railway station. All of us are looking for him. He has left his phone at home,” Puneet’s friend Aman said, pointing to Puneet’s cellphone.
Meanwhile, the college authorities have constituted an inquiry committee to look into the case. Satyawati (Evening) College principal Satyendra Kumar Joshi said, “I came to know about the incident after 6 pm on Tuesday. We do not know if it is a case of ragging or if two groups of students were fighting with each other. We have set up an inquiry committee to look into the matter.”
Police, on the other hand, have registered an FIR under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) over the incident.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) N Gnana Sambandan said, “An FIR has been registered under Sections 323 and 341 IPC. The matter has been referred to the anti-ragging committee in Satyawati College. We have not been able to question the complainant as yet and the culprits are unidentified. If the committee finds any proof, those will be incorporated under charges of ragging.”