Two more Himachal students arrested for ragging

Shimla, Aug 11 (Calcutta Tube) Two more students were arrested Wednesday on charges of ragging their juniors in a private professional university in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, police said.

Four students of Manav Bharti University near Kumarhatti – Hirdesh Sharma, Chetan, Parshant Kashyap and Madan Lal – were booked Tuesday for bullying and manhandling nearly 30 students of the university.

Chetan was arrested immediately after the incident.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ramesh Pathania told IANS that police were on the lookout for Hirdesh, the fourth accused.

He said a youth who accompanied the accused at the time of the crime was also arrested.

The scuffle allegedly took place outside the university campus as the students were staying in a rented accommodation.

University Director S.P. Bhardwaj said all the accused have been suspended and barred 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 Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda near Kangra town last year, the state government has made ragging a cognisable, non-bailable offence compoundable with the permission of the court.

Any student convicted of the offence will be punished with imprisonment up to three years or fine of up to Rs.50,000 or both.

The offender will be expelled from the institution and will not be eligible for admission in any other institution for a period of three years.

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