Two first-year students left the Marine Engineering and Research Institute on Friday, complaining of alleged ragging by seniors.
Amir Suhail and Vanchit Kundalia, who had joined the institute on August 7, said in their FIR lodged with Taratala police station that they had been subjected to “tremendous physical and mental torture”.
“A case has been started,” said an officer of the police station.
Institute director M.K. Ghosh said two third-year students named in the complaint have been suspended but refused to confirm or deny whether the freshers had been ragged. “A four-member committee has been set up to probe the allegation of ragging brought by two first-year students. But it is not yet clear whether they had been ragged. An internal probe is on.”
Amir from Lucknow and Vanchit, a resident of Dehradun, stated in their complaint that they had been forced to carry buckets of water, stand under the sun and jump like frogs for several hours.
“We had been facing torture since our first day at the institute. They (their seniors) would severely beat us if we refused to obey their orders,” one of the two students told Metro before leaving the campus.
Both students alleged that they conveyed their plight to their parents and decided to leave the institute after their plea to the authorities to restrain the seniors was ignored.
The parents lodged complaints on the anti-ragging portal of the human resource ministry, following which the ministry asked the institute to start an investigation.
The Centre and the state government have banned ragging following a Supreme Court order.