The Government College of Engineering and Textile Technology in Serampore will not allow four students accused of ragging to attend classes and stay in the hostel until a decision on their future is taken.
The quartet from the third and fourth-year batches were arrested last week on the charge of ragging a junior and they got bail on Sunday.
They have been charged under IPC sections 341 (wrongful confinement), 504 (insult intended to provoke breach of peace), 506(2) (threat to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention).
Principal Sumanta Bhattacharya said the anti-ragging committee of the college would meet this week to decide the fate of the accused students.
“The college will reopen on September 19 after Viswakarma Puja and the committee will meet to take a decision on the accused,” he added.
The complainant, who took admission to the second year in August, had lodged a complaint with the UGC’s www.antiragging.in portal on September 12. He alleged that the seniors drank alcohol through the night and made him stand in the room. He was allegedly abused and harassed till 6am.
One of the accused allegedly asked the second-year student to jot down a list of girl students in the complainant’s batch, giving details such as names of their boyfriends.
The traumatised youth left the hostel on September 9 after the night-long ragging.
Now that action has been taken against his harassers, the student from Palta in North 24-Parganas district said he would return to the hostel on Thursday.
“Hopefully I won’t be subjected to further harassment,” he said.
Principal Bhattacharya said he was not aware that the four have been granted bail. “They have been informed about their suspension from the class and hostel.”
A college official said harsh punishment like expulsion couldn’t be ruled out.
“There are instances in Besu and Jadavpur University of the accused being expelled even though the authorities did not hand them over to police. In our college, the accused had spent time in prison and booked under the West Bengal Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institutions Act, 2000. This calls for stricter punishment,” an official said.
Five senior students of Besu were expelled last month for a year and asked to take readmission.
In JU last week, a senior student was expelled and another suspended for a semester. Both were asked to take readmission.
Principal Bhattacharya deemed it inappropriate to compare the incident in his college with those in Besu and JU. “Our case is different and we would act on the recommendations of our anti-ragging committee.”