The Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) on Tuesday expelled five second-year students for a year on the charge of ragging a junior.
A sixth second-year student, who apparently knew about the ragging but kept mum, has been expelled from the hostel for a year.
“We have asked the five students to leave the campus immediately. The sixth student has not been spared either as he remained quiet despite knowing that a junior student was being ragged,” said vice-chancellor Ajoy Kumar Ray.
The VC announced the punishment after a five-member probe team submitted its report holding the five metallurgy students guilty of ragging Rajib Ranjan, a first-year student of the department.
The committee was set up after the university’s roving squad, which visits hostels to track cases of ragging, reported Rajib’s plight to the authorities on Friday. The student from Bihar had complained that the five seniors had on August 22 taken him to hostel No. 7, where he was allegedly “abused and manhandled” and made to do “sit-ups with hands on his ears”. Besu has not revealed the identity of the six.