Four students booked for ragging in Himachal

Solan: Four senior students of Manav Bharti University in Solan were today booked for ragging their juniors.

SP Solan, Hiresh Bisht said the four students – Hirdesh Sharma, Chetan, Parshant Kashyap and Madan Lal – of Manav Bharti University near Kumarhatti face charges of bullying and manhandling nearly 30 students on Monday) night.

He said a scuffle allegedly took place outside the university campus as the students were staying in rented accommodation.

‘Chetan has been arrested and police are on the look-out for the others,’ Bisht added.

University Director SP Bhardwaj said all the accused have been suspended and barred from appearing in any university exams.

The state government has made ragging a cognizable, non-bailable offence compoundable with the permission of the court. Any student convicted of the offence will be punished with imprisonment up to three years or fine of up to Rs.50,000 or both.

The offender will be expelled from the institution and will not be eligible for admission in any other institution for a period of three years.

Ironically Kurian Joseph, Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court today launched the state level anti ragging campaign from Himachal Pradesh University campus. The campaign was organised by the state legal services authority in collaboration with HP University.

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