A post-graduate student of the Institute of Medical Sciences-Banaras Hindu University (IMS-BHU) has filed an FIR against eight senior students on the charges of ragging.
The student had earlier filed a complaint anonymously to the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) anti-ragging helpline which marked it to the BHU’s Anti-Ragging Cell on October 13.
“We began our inquiry as soon as the complaint was marked to us. Since it was anonymous, it took a day to locate the complainant, whose statement was recorded. Further examination of the accused and cross-examination is complete. Had it not been for the Diwali break, the report would have already been submitted to the Vice-Chancellor’s office,” ARC chairman, Prof S K Trigun said.
While he refused to divulge the findings of the inquiry, saying it is confidential, he did say that the complaint, largely pertained to creating situations of mental stress, by way of use of foul and abusive language and confining him in the resident’s room.
The FIR, meanwhile, was lodged with the Lanka police station on Wednesday evening in which the victim has named eight of his seniors.
“A case under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 341 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code and Anti-Ragging Act has been registered against the eight students.
Further investigations are on,” said Station Officer, Vinod Yadav. The FIR, said Yadav, also alleges that the accused beat the student up in the ICU on October 9.
While five of the accused are third-year students of the university, the other three are in their second year of the PG course.
The complainant had joined the IMS-BHU in 2008. “Usually, such things come to light in the case of students starting out in technical courses.
It is not expected of the residents, who are qualified doctors and have a contractual job with the hospital, to indulge in such a behaviour.
However, a complaint has been made and we have done our level best to bring the facts before the authorities, which will decide on the requisite action,” said Prof Trigun.