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Aman Kachru ragging case: Victim’s parents accuse prosecution of not taking case seriously

Dharamsala: A day after a Himachal Pradesh court granted bail to all the four students who have been accused of allegedly ragging first-year medical student Aman Kachru, leading to his death last year, victim’s father Rajendra Kachru today said the prosecution did not taken his son’s case seriously.

While talking with newsmen here, Kachru said “Prosecution has not taken my son’s case seriously. It was a setback for the campaign against ragging.” He added: “I am highly disappointed by the court ruling. It certainly gives a wrong message.”

A fast-track court here granted bail to four accused arrested in connection with the ragging of MBBS student Aman Kachru, 19, who died March 8, 2009, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by four final-year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda town in Kangra district. A lawyer said, since the statements of the witnesses have been recorded and material evidence taken into account, the accused were given bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 each.

The four students – Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma – accused of assaulting Kachru – were arrested soon after the crime. They face murder charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The state government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of Kachru, which concluded he died due to injuries sustained during ragging.

The inquiry report said many first-year students, including Kachru, were subjected to intense physical ragging in the early hours on March 7. “Kachru collapsed and died due to injuries which the post-mortem report has linked to the incident of ragging,” said the report, holding college principal Suresh Sankhyan responsible for the lapses. Sankhyan had resigned from the post after the incident.

After Kachru’s death, the state government passed an anti-ragging Act, making ragging a cognizable, non-bailable offence compoundable with the permission of the court. Any student convicted of an offence will be punished with imprisonment up to three years or fine of up to Rs 50,000 or both. Meanwhile, the next hearing in the case has been fixed for August 2, 2010.

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