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Tech student in hospital after ‘torture’

Alipurduar, July 23: A first year student of a polytechnic college, 38km from here, was hospitalised after four of his seniors allegedly tortured him.

Kallol Saha, a resident of Kharagpur, was made to hang from the sunshade of a window last night till he fell. After that, he was told to stand on one leg for an hour and bring a handful of grass from a nearby field around 10.30pm.

A first year electronics student of Falakata Polytechnic College, Kallol was admitted to the block hospital there this morning, but was shifted to Siliguri in the evening on doctor’s advice.

Though college authorities claimed that they have filed an FIR, officials at the Falakata police station said their hands were tied since no formal complaints were made. “They told us that a student of their college had been assaulted and that it was for our information. This is not the way to file a complaint. How can we investigate on the basis of this,” said an official of the police station.

The college move follows a recent Supreme Court directive that makes it incumbent on institutions to file an FIR if an incident of harassment is brought to their notice.

“It is our responsibility and as soon as I heard about the incident, I sent some teachers to visit Kallol. We will definitely see to it that the culprits are punished,” Satyobroto Bose, the principal of the college, had said earlier in the day. He, however, had switched off his mobile by the time The Telegraph rang him up to find out why the complaint filed was not specific.

S. Sarkar, a doctor at the Falakata hospital, said Kallol was suffering from breathing problems because of an injury on his chest. The reference card from the hospital states that the condition was probably the result of an assault.

Before leaving for Siliguri, the 19-year-old recounted last night’s incident from his bed in the Falakata hospital. He stays in Muktipara and had gone to visit his seniors at nearby Subhaspally, where they stayed in a rented house.

“I needed some study material and laboratory instruments. It was around 9.30pm. The moment I entered the room, they told me to hang from the sunshade. I did so till I fell. They also forced me to bring some grass from a field and slapped me around when I refused to take off my clothes,” said Kallol.

After more than three hours, Kallol came back to the house where he was staying. The college does not have a hostel.

Alarmed by his condition this morning, Satya Nandi, Kallol’s landlord, took him to the block hospital. “I was not even in a position to walk to the police station,” said Kallol. It was Nandi who had called up the college.

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