‘Wish we had pulled him out of college’

While Kangra police arrested the four medical students whose ragging allegedly led to the death of first-year student Aman Satya Kachroo,back in Gurgaon the teenager’s father wished the family had foreseen the tragedy and pulled him out of college when he had first told them about ragging.

Written by Express News Service | Gurgaon | Published: March 11, 2009 12:15 am

While Kangra police arrested the four medical students whose ragging allegedly led to the death of first-year student Aman Satya Kachroo,back in Gurgaon the teenager’s father wished the family had foreseen the tragedy and pulled him out of college when he had first told them about ragging.

“His friends tell us Aman was ashamed and humiliated because of the ragging,” father Rajender Kachroo said,adding that his son and 14 fellow students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda,Himachal Pradesh,had reported about ragging by seniors to the college administration and local police. The youths had also written to the health minister,Kachroo senior said. “But no action was taken.”

The teenager had died on Sunday night in a hospital near his college due to severe injuries,after being allegedly ragged and beaten by seniors. The postmortem report says he died of a cardiac arrest. The report also mentions several internal and external injuries. “Subjected to constant beating,Aman had a perforation in his left ear drum,” it says,highlighting the violent manhandling he had undergone.

The 19-year-old’s aunt,Indira,today said,“The college authorities had asked Aman to file a written complaint,and he did exactly that. But before any action could be initiated,the seniors,who were drunk,beat him and a few other first-year students on Sunday night.

“Aman died before he could even be administered first-aid.”

She said the family “should have withdrawn Aman from the college (after his initial complaint about ragging) to save his life”.

The youth’s uncle,Rohit Dhar,who lives close by in Gurgaon,also alleged that there was delay in providing medical attention to Aman,which might have led to the death.

Aman’s body was brought back to the family’s Sector-23 house in Gurgaon late Monday night; the cremation was done at the Capital’s Lodhi Road crematorium on Tuesday afternoon.

Aman passed out of DPS International in Delhi.

Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley,Rajender Kachroo had moved base to Tanzania many years ago — he is a university lecturer there; wife Priya is a school teacher. Their daughter Sanead is a student of engineering at Texas,USA.

Aman had joined Dr Rajender Prasad Medical College in Tanda,a small town some 20 kilometres from Kangra,in 2008.

Meanwhile,in Kangra…
* Kangra police registered case of murder under Section 302 of IPC and Section 3 of Ragging Ordinance against the four students: Ajay Verma,Naveen Verma,Mukul Sharma and Abhinav Verma
* Mukul and Abhinav surrendered in a court in Dharamshala today — they were remanded in police custody till March 16
* Ajay and Naveen remanded in police custody till March 13
* Himachal government appointed Dr Anil Chauhan as new college principal; former principal Dr S Shankhyan sent back to Forensic Medicine dept

…And in Delhi
Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam announced he would move the Supreme Court seeking exemplary action against those involved in the offence. Subramaniam was appointed as amicus curiae (friend of the court) by the apex court

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