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Semester price for ragging
- 6 engineering students suspended for beating up junior

A private engineering college in Ghutia, 30km from the city, on Friday suspended six second-year students and debarred them from forthcoming semester examinations for allegedly bullying and beating up a junior on October 4.

The management of BA College of Engineering and Technology took the disciplinary action after 20-year-old Rakesh Kumar Gupta, a resident of Daiguttu in Mango, moved the anti-ragging cell in New Delhi.

College sources said two of the senior students, who are also residents of the city, would not be able to appear for their next two semester examinations. The other four — hailing from Bokaro, Khunti, Giridih and West Champaran (Bihar) — have been debarred for one semester.

All six — aged between 21 and 22 years — have also been asked to vacate the college hostel with immediate effect.

On October 4 afternoon, when Rakesh went to fetch water, the group of senior students made a pass at him. When he protested, they allegedly kicked and punched him in the chest and other parts of the body, causing injuries that called for two-day hospitalisation.

Though a case was registered with Galudih police against as many as two dozen students the day after the attack, no concrete action was taken. Galudih OC Yogendra Paswan said the offence was bailable and, hence, the senior students were only given a warning.

Anticipating further trouble from his seniors, Rakesh sent a petition to the anti-ragging cell on October 8. "I was left with no choice. Police were not proactive and I was scared," Rakesh told The Telegraph.

A directive from New Delhi prodded the college into action on Friday.

However, one of the suspended students claimed that the punishment was harsher than their offence. “Barring us from semester examinations will ruin our careers. We never thought we will have to pay such a price for ragging,” he said, adding that they were not criminals and the college should reconsider the quantum of penalty.

But, B.N. Chaudhury, the chairman of BA College, said the decision would not be revoked. “We started probing the matter since the day of the incident and found six second-year students guilty. The boys violated college rules and disciplinary action was necessary,” he added.