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Tripura: Seven students punished, five suspended at NIT, Agartala over ‘ragging’, Arunachal human rights body demands removal of Dean

By Our Correspondent

AGARTALA | March 15, 2018

In an effort to uphold its anti-ragging commitment, the National Institute of Technology, Agartala has issued punitive measures against seven students including five who were suspended, over allegations of ‘ragging’ on a first year civil engineering student from Arunachal Pradesh.

Dui Doji, 17, a student from West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was allegedly beaten by a group of senior students over a hot altercation on March 09 in the institute’s hostel. A FIR was later lodged with the police though nobody was arrested till date.

Speaking to this correspondent, Dean of Student Welfare Dr. Rajsekhar Panua said that punishments were laid out for seven ‘senior students’ from fourth year, third year and the like. They include former vice president of the Institute’s student council – Ritu Raj Tiwari. The council was dissolved immediately after allegations of ragging came to the fire, Dean Dr. Panua said.

READ | Tripura Ragging case update: NIT- Agartala sets up fact-finding committee; 5 suspended, 2 barred from exams

The Dean informed that seven two students including Ritu Raj Tiwari were suspended from academic activities and the hostel for six months, which means they would not be able to write their final year papers and appear in institutional placement interviews. Three other students were suspended from hostel and were slapped a fine; two more were simply imposed with a fine based on their gravity of involvement. A security personnel who was on duty at the hostel on March 09 when the incident occurred as also suspended for negligence of duty.

Meanwhile, a delegation from an Arunachal Pradesh-based human rights group – International Human Rights and Crime Control Organization, left the state this morning after visiting Doji and other first-year students at NIT, Agartala.

“There is an organized ragging going on there. The authorities are sort of silent. We have collected details and shall write to the National Human Rights Commission and Ministry of HRD seeking intervention shortly”, Taya Taksing, general secretary of the human rights body, told TNT.

He also demanded removal of the Dean of Students Welfare and other personnel in positions in-charge of hostels for fair enquiry into the case.

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