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Ragging reprisal attack on student

Tamluk, Sept. 4: A Kolaghat college student who was slashed on August 30 for protesting ragging was again slashed and allegedly pushed down a staircase in the institute today.

Shubhro Samanta, a first-year student of electronics and instrumentation at the College of Engineering and Management, lost consciousness after falling off the first-floor stairs.

Shubhro, 17, was also slashed with a blade in the elbow. The blade was found on the landing where the boy fell.

The boy was taken to the Kolaghat thermal power plant hospital, from where he was referred to the East Midnapore district hospital in Tamluk.

“I lost consciousness for some time. When I came to, I took the support of the banister to come downstairs. Two security guards took me to the registrar’s office,” Shubhro said.

T. Banerjee, the doctor under whom the student has been admitted, said a CT scan had been done on Subhro’s head. “He is under observation,” Banerjee said.

The officer in charge of Kolaghat police station, Basuki Banerjee, took Shubhro’s statement at the hospital. The boy said he could not see the attacker.

The assistant registrar of the college, Bibhas Dey, said a police team had come to the college this afternoon in connection with Shubhro’s complaint on the August 30 assault. “The police wanted to speak to Shubhro. I sent an employee to bring the student to my chamber. In the meantime, someone came and informed me that Shubhro had fallen down the stairs and suffered injuries,” Dey said.

Basuki Banerjee said Shubhro was slashed in his right elbow.

Shubhro, who hails from a village in West Midnapore, was allegedly ragged by seniors on August 29. He was asked to smoke a cigarette and mouth foul language. When he refused and threatened to complain to the college director, he was taken by the scruff of his neck and thrown out of the college.

Then next day, six masked attackers slashed him several times outside the college.