Hostel ragging case fabricated,baseless,says AMU committee

The committee's report states that the incident is a “simple case of altercation between two groups.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 3:33 am

An inquiry committee set up by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice-chancellor Lt Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah probing an alleged case of ragging at a university hostel has submitted its report stating that the allegations are “baseless and fabricated.”

The committee’s report states that the incident is a “simple case of altercation between two groups of students and did not amount to any sort of ragging. The police report also confirmed that the ‘incident’ was not a case of ragging but a tussle between two factions of students residing in the same hostel.

University spokesperson Rahat Abrar said that since ragging was ruled out,disciplinary proceedings “will be initiated” against the students involved in the incident.

In a statement,the university quotes the vice-chancellor explaining that cases of ragging “generally occur with the first year students while in this case the complainant happens to be a student of third year.”

On August 19th a third year medical student,Javed Khan had alleged “ragging and physical or mental harassment” inside a hostel at AMU by his seniors.

“They entered my room and first slapped me saying ‘you don’t know how to talk to your senior’,then made me do sit-ups and beat me up. Before leaving they threatenedto file any arbitrary case against me and have me arrested,” he told The Indian Express. He also lodged a complaint at the local police station through the proctor of the university.

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