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DU Ragging Case: 4 Students Expelled & Barred from pursuing Higher Studies for 3 Years

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Meanwhile, the prime accused in the case, Rahul Chetry, was still evading arrest.
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Guwahati: Hours after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his displeasure on Dibrugarh University (DU) authority for failing to deal with ragging menace in the institute, the university authority on Wednesday expelled four of its students for allegedly being involved in Anand Sharma ragging case.

The university authority did not stop there. It also made sure that the four were not allowed to get admission in any other educational institute for the next three years. The students who went under the punishment were identified as Galab Deka, Kamaleshwar Chutia, Mausam Phukan and Pisang Kham Boruah.

An official of DU authority said, “The four students will not be allowed to take admission in any other university. Besides, five hotel wardens were also relieved from their duties. A five-member inquiry committee is also formed to find out lapses on part of the varsity authority.”

A 24-hour round-the-clock helpline for students was also opened and experts and psychology department teachers were also asked to run a counseling session amongst hostel boarders.

Earlier, over 18 students were rusticated by the DU authorities for three months. The gruesome reality of ragging came to the fore on Sunday when Anand Sharma, a commerce student of the state-run University had jumped off the second floor of his hostel building on November 27 to avoid hectic ragging sessions.

He damaged his spinal cord and was now in the ICU of a hospital struggling with his life. Dibrugarh Police registered a case, based on a complaint filed by Sharma’s parents and nabbed six students allegedly involved in the incident.

Though the state government had decided to move Sharma to AIIMS Delhi for a crucial surgery, he would not be flown to the national capital due to the seriousness of his injury. Medical practitioners attending him said that surgery would be conducted on him on Thursday in Dibrugarh itself.

State’s education minister Ranoj Pegu said, “Anand Sarma, the ragging victim student of Dibrugarh is stable and surgery is being planned for tomorrow. I have spoken to his mother and the doctors. There is nothing to worry about at present. He is not being shifted to any other hospital at present. However, further, check up in higher institution will be done later. Dibrugarh University is bearing the cost of his treatment.”

Meanwhile, the prime accused in the case, Rahul Chetry, was still evading arrest. Chetry who was an ex-student of the varsity was allegedly staying in the hostel illegally and ragged Sharma mercilessly.

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