Four booked for ragging in Himachal
Shimla: Even as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Kurian Joseph today launched a state-wide anti-ragging campaign from the Himachal Pradesh University campus, four students of a private university were booked for ragging their juniors in Solan district this afternoon.
SP Solan Hirdesh Bisht told HimVani that the four students – Hirdesh Sharma, Chetan, Parshant Kashyap and Madan Lal – of Manav Bharti Horticulture University near Kumarhatti, were accused of bullying and manhandling nearly 30 students on Monday night. He said the alleged scuffle took place outside the university campus as the students were staying in a rented accommodation.
“So far Chetan has been arrested while other are at large and police were searching them,” he added.
University director SP Bhardwaj said all the accused students have been suspended from the university and they have been debarred from appearing in any university exams. After the death of Aman Kachru, a first year student who was allegedly ragged to death by four senior students of the Rajindra Prasad Medical College at Tanda near Kangra town last year, the state government has made ragging a cognisable, non-bailable offense, compoundable with the permission of the court.
Under this legislation convicts could be awarded imprisonment of up to three years or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.
The anti-ragging campaign has been organised by the Himachal Pradesh State legal Services Authority in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh University and the education department.