Borjhar, Sept. 2: Azara police today picked up a B. Pharm fifth semester student of Girijananada Choudhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Science here for allegedly beating up a junior over a packet of gutkha last evening.
The student, Sekhar Bora, was picked up after Mahesh Chandra Choudhury, father of the attacked third semester student, Nayan, lodged an FIR at Azara police station this morning. The police have registered a case (No. 289).
The incident occurred in a private hostel outside the institution’s campus around 7 last evening. Nayan was beaten up so badly that he had to be admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital after preliminary treatment at Azara Primary Health Centre.
Sources said Sekhar allegedly attacked Nayan after the latter refused to go outside to buy a packet of gutkha.
Though some quarters alleged that it was a case of ragging, the police ruled out that angle. The college authorities, too, said it was merely a case of misunderstanding between a junior and a senior student.
“It was a tussle between the fifth semester and third semester student over a packet of gutkha,” Subhakanta Das, principal of the institution, said, brushing aside the ragging allegation. “Ragging takes place between seniors and newcomers. Since Nayan is a third semester student, it cannot be a case of ragging.”