Guwahati: Assam police have decided to come down heavily on anyone involved in ragging activities in educational institutes.
Following the incident in Dibrugarh University (DU) in which one Anand Sharma jumped off from the second floor of a hostel injuring himself critically to avoid ragging, the Assam government has ordered stern action against perpetrators of ragging.
Ragging is unacceptable and Assam police will take strict action against it, Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said on Friday.
“Students come to educational institutes to study and there is no place for ragging in a civilised society. It will not be tolerated and if needed strict action will be taken against them,” Mahanta said.
At least six students were arrested by state police in the DU ragging case. The varsity rusticated over 20 students, has expelled four students for three years for allegedly ragging Sharma.
On Thursday, CM Sarma said, “Assam government will soon launch a drive to find out all former students staying illegally in college and university hostels and ask them to leave in order to prevent ragging.”
“In order to end ragging in universities and other academic institutions, we will need to take strong action and the first is to say goodbye to all of the former students. If we can do that, I believe 60 percent of ragging cases will stop. The government will take a big initiative on this front”, Sarma added.
The CM asserted that if college and university administrations and the police work together, ragging incidents will be controlled.
In a separate incident of ragging in Jorhat too, the Jagannath Barooah (JB) College authority filed a complaint on Thursday against the 12 accused students based on a written submission from the aggrieved student.
Meanwhile, Anand Sarma, the victim of the ragging incident of DU, successfully underwent critical surgery on his spinal column at a hospital in Dibrugarh on Thursday. As per sources, a five-member team of doctors led by neurosurgeon Dr. Anil Pannalal carried out the three-hour-long successful operation.
Sharma, a commerce student of the state-run Dibrugarh University had jumped off the second floor of his hostel building on November 27. It is alleged that Sharma resorted to the step as he was fed up with being ragged by his seniors.