Durgapur, Aug. 22: A second-year electronics engineering student of National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, stabbed a batchmate repeatedly in his hostel room last night, unable to take taunts and casteist remarks.
Sources said Kushal Kumar Meena, 22, who has been arrested and charged with attempt to murder, had become the butt of taunts among other students after he opted out of ragging in his first year and was put in the “zone-out” category by his seniors.
Students in the NIT who participate in the ragging process are put in the “zone- in” category and are helped by seniors, but those who opt out, belong to the group who are looked down upon. Meena was the only student in his batch who belonged to the “zone out” category.
Last night, biotechnology student Tarun Kumar Sharma came to Meena’s room along with two other students and taunted him for being a “zone out”. Meena, unable to bear the taunts and casteist remarks, picked up a fruit knife from the table and stabbed Sharma repeatedly.
Sharma has been admitted to a private hospital where a doctor said his condition was stable. Both Meena and Sharma were from Rajasthan’s Baran district but did not know each other before becoming batchmates.
Meena, who has been remanded in judicial custody till August 28, said: “Sharma and some other students used to taunt me regularly. I could not take the torture any more and stabbed him.”