A first-year student of Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) has accused five second-year students of ragging him despite a Supreme Court ban.
The accused allegedly took the fresher in the metallurgy department into their hostel last Thursday and “abused and manhandled” him apart from making him do “sit-ups with hands on his ears”.
The anti-ragging squad on the Shibpur campus submitted a report on the incident to the vice-chancellor on Friday. The content of the report is likely to be known on Monday.
If the report confirms the ragging incident, the accused will be suspended and a probe committee will recommend punishment for them.
The first-year student was returning to his room in hostel No. 8 on Thursday evening when the five seniors allegedly accosted him.
“The student said in his complaint that the five forced him to accompany them to hostel No. 7, where he was abused, manhandled and made to do sit-ups with his hands holding his ears,” said registrar Biman Bandopadhyay.
Guards on the campus found the student leaving the hostel looking upset and took him to the anti-ragging squad, which comprises the superintendents of all the hostels and the professor in charge of student affairs. “The student identified the five students who had ragged him,” added the registrar. The complainant has not left the campus.
The search committee for nominating a new Besu vice-chancellor interviewed seven candidates on Sunday.
Committee members M. Anandakrishnan, Srikumar Bandopadhyay and Sugato Marjit will submit the names of three possible candidates to the chancellor, governor M.K. Narayanan.