Ragging death: Himachal in shock,Dhumal cracks the whip

Acting tough following the death of a medical student due to ragging,the Himachal Pradesh Government on Tuesday transferred Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College...

Ashwani Sharma & Suresh Khattashimla/dharamsala | Published: March 11, 2009 11:43 pm

Acting tough following the death of a medical student due to ragging,the Himachal Pradesh Government on Tuesday transferred Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College (RPMC) principal Dr S Shankhyan and reverted him to the Department of Forensic Medicine. Dr Anil Chauhan,professor and head of Ophthalmology,has taken over as the principal.

The state Government also announced a magisterial inquiry into the death of Aman Satya Kachroo,19. Sandeep Kumar,Additional District Magistrate (ADM),Kangra,has been appointed as the inquiry officer. He has been asked to submit his report within 15 days to the state Home Department.

The terms of reference include circumstances between March 6 and 8 leading to Kachroo’s death,inaction on his complaints and previous cases of ragging in colleges. Kachroo died on Sunday evening.

In an equally prompt action,the Kangra police on Tuesday registered a case — under Section 302 IPC (murder) and “Section 3 of the Ragging Ordinance” — against four students of the medical college. This followed a provisional post-mortem report. All the four accused — Ajay Verma,Naveen Verma,Mukul Sharma and Abhinav Verma — have been arrested and remanded in police custody till March 16.

According to Superintendent of Police,Kangra,Atul Fulzele,head injury has been mentioned as the cause of death in the post-mortem report. He said the final report of the post-mortem would be received after tests being conducted on the viscera.

Additional DGP (Law and Order) I D Bhandari said it appeared Kachroo was subjected to intense ragging and beating as he had alleged in a complaint before his death.

Principal Secretary (Health) Deepak Sanan said the state Government had taken the lapse on the part of the college authorities seriously and stern action would be taken. Hostel warden Dr Pradeep Kumar and manager Deepak Bansal have already been suspended.

The incident has sent shockwaves across the state which otherwise has a low crime rate. One of the prime accused is the son of a senior faculty member of the medical college.

Expressing condolence to the parents of the victim,the Chief Minister said, “The incident has brought a bad name to the state. I express my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.” Saying that the authorities had been told to ensure that no such incidents occur in the future,he added,“I appeal to parents to write to me directly if any such incident happens to their wards.”

The Chief Minister has said he will not celebrate Holi as “a mark of respect to the departed soul”.

Meanwhile,the police have also got 13 first-year students of the college medically examined,who had also submitted separate complaints to the authorities alleging that they were ragged.

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