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Varsity allows ragging convicts to complete course

All four medical students who have undergone four years’ imprisonment in the Aman Kachroo ragging-death case are set to return to Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College Tanda at Kangra to complete their course

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: March 14, 2014 12:49:59 pm

All four medical students who have undergone four years’ imprisonment in the Aman Kachroo ragging-death case are set to return to Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College Tanda at Kangra to complete their course.

Himachal Pradesh University’s executive council on Saturday gave its nod to the proposal of the medical education department to allow them to complete their education at the college. Two months ago,the government,while granting approval to the students to get back to their studies,had put a condition that they will not be given government jobs.

College principal Anil Chauhan said since the university allowed the students to complete their education,the college had no problem in the issue. “The university is an autonomous institution which grants the degree and department of medical education is the administrative department. We are an educational institution to impart courses in medical education. Once the university writes us back,we will give admissions,” he said

According to the council’s decision,the four youths will be treated as having failed and will resume education from where they had left off. No increase in the seats will be made to allow their continuation in the college,said a university official.

“The students will be admitted to the classes in which they were in 2009 when the death of Aman landed them in jail,” said Chauhan.

First-year MBBS student Aman Kachroo (19) had died at the college after he was ragged by his seniors on March 7,2009. The incident triggered debate and outcry in the country against ragging.

Four MBBS students — Abhinav Verma,Mukul Sharma,Navin Verma and Ajay Verma — were arrested after a case of murder was registered against them. They were convicted and the sentence also upheld by the High Court.

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