Burla: A disciplinary committee, formed to probe ragging allegations by a second-year BTech student of Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT) in Burla, Thursday ordered nine students to vacate the hostel premises for their involvement in the incident.
“Considering the gravity of the incident, the disciplinary committee ordered nine students to vacate hostel premises for ragging another student. However, the incident occurred over past enmity,” an official said.
“Students who faced the disciplinary action include eight of second-year batch and one of the fourth-year batch. While four second-year batch boarders have been vacated from the hostel for one year, the other was ordered to vacate for the next six months,” the official added.
The victim had lodged a report with the committee last month alleging that the nine students had scolded and beaten him as part of ragging. He had also mentioned their names in the report, a source said.
It is pertinent to mention, as per an FIR lodged at Burla Town police station Saturday morning, a student of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology pursuing production engineering also faced ragging.
The victim, identified as Manas Singh, had accused six of his seniors of mental and physical torture. He lodged an FIR in this connection December 18 morning and a probe is still underway.
Singh had gone to Kirba Square along with his friend Friday evening at around 8.00pm. He went to a nearby shop to buy snacks, during which, six of his seniors present at the shop in an inebriated condition allegedly ragged him and also thrashed severely, the FIR stated.
“The seniors called me and asked whether I know their names or not. As I could not tell their names, they thrashed me by punching my face, neck, back including other parts of the body,” the victim had said.
The seniors grabbed his neck and choked him, Singh had added.
Acting on the FIR, Burla Town police launched an investigation into the alleged incident. However, no arrests have been made so far.
It is pertinent to mention here that 12 students of the VSSUT were rusticated by the university authorities earlier September 22 this year for allegedly attacking and injuring a hostel inmate. They had attacked a student of the electrical department inside the hostel premises following a scuffle that erupted pertaining to a girl student of the institution.
The victim inmate had sustained grievous injuries in the attack.
Similarly, in 2019, as many as ten students of VSSUT were debarred from appearing in exams for a period of one year over ragging. In addition, 52 hostel inmates who were involved in ragging were fined Rs 2,000 each.