Pawan Kumar Das, who had to be given 12 stitches on his right hand. Picture by Arup Sarkar
Durgapur, Sept. 5: Ten students of a private engineering college in Durgapur were arrested last night in connection with a clash and damaging the institution’s property over alleged ragging.
Some first-year students of Bengal College of Engineering and Technology said the clash took place after they resisted attempts by seniors to rag them in the hostel.
One of the first-year students lodged a police complaint of ragging but did not mention any name in the FIR. The 10 students — eight from the first year and one each from the third and fourth years — were granted bail today.
First-year students said a group of second, third and fourth-year students came to their rooms around 11 last night.
“The seniors had been coming every night to rag us since classes started on August 20. We had informed the hostel warden but nothing was done. Last night, we resisted for the first time, following which a clash broke out. The seniors attacked us with hockey sticks and fragments of windowpanes,” said Pintu Kumar, a first-year BCA student from Dhanbad who left for home today.
Hostel warden Mihir Goswami denied the charge of ragging and said the clash broke out because the first-year students had “taunted” their seniors during a power cut.
“There was a power cut around 11pm. Taking advantage of the darkness, some first-year students (who stay on the ground floor) taunted their seniors (who live on the first and second floors) and called them names. The seniors became angry and a clash ensued,” Goswami said.
The students allegedly broke windowpanes and attacked each other with the pieces of glass. They also hurled dinner plates at each other and shattered washbasins. Five students were injured, including Pawan Kumar Das who had to be given 12 stitches on his right hand.
Das today lodged a police complaint of ragging against unknown seniors.
The college authorities, who have denied the allegation of ragging, lodged an FIR accusing students of damaging property and breaking discipline.
“Last night, two groups of students clashed over some issue, leaving five of them injured. We rushed them to hospital. All of them were released after primary treatment. We do not think it was a case of ragging. Our anti-ragging committee will inquire into it. A first-year student, Pawan Kumar Das, has lodged a complaint of ragging with the police,” said Biplab Basu Thakur, the manager (administration) of the college.