Sambalpur: A third-year student of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) here Thursday alleged that he was ragged and beaten up by senior students of the institute.
The incident occurred Wednesday night when a group of senior students knocked on the door of the complainant’s room and asked him to show them his mobile phone, the complaint lodged with the university authorities said.
When the victim refused to comply with their demand, the seniors thrashed him. The student’s father has lodged a written complaint with the dean of the students’ welfare wing of the institute.
Vice-chancellor Banshidhar Majhi claimed it was a case of a tussle among students. “However, the disciplinary committee of the university will hold a meeting over the issue Friday,” he said.
Incidents of ragging are not new in VSSUT. In August 2019, a video showing seniors ragging around 50 junior students had gone viral.
In the video, the senior students were seen tearing the shirts of their juniors, slapping them and forcing them to dance in their undergarments while holding their ears.
The institute had debarred 10 students from appearing for the university examinations for a year and slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 each on 52 others for being involved in the incident. Ragging is banned in all campuses in the country.