The Sullia Police on Wednesday arrested 10 students of KVG Medical College and KVG Dental College on the charge of ragging and under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The victims as well as the accused are from Kerala.
According to the police, the accused students allegedly ragged Nishanth (20), second year MBBS student, and his friends Ashish, Rishad, Sharath, Manu, Arun, Prabin and Manar on December 28, 2016. Nishanth initially lodged a complaint with the college principal on Monday and later approached the police on Tuesday with the complaint, the police said.
The police gave the names of the accused as Krishna Kumar, a native of Vatakantara village, Palakkad; Kannan, Chilavara village, Palakkad; Farhan Muhammed, Venjarmud village, Thiruvananthapuram; Sanjay Krishnan, Vayalar, Alappuzha; Vasim Juber, Papamsheri, Kottayam; Nibin Rahim, Sasthamkota, Kollam; Neeraj Raviprasad, Kannamangalam, Malappuram (all MBBS students); Able Roy, Kolathur, Thiruvananthapuram; Jatin Jose, Teekoi, Kottayam, and Amal Raj, Audr, Pathanamthitta (all BDS students).
The accused were produced before the jurisdictional magistrate court in Sullia and were later enlarged on bail, the police said.
They have been charged with rioting, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, voluntarily causing hurt, intentionally causing insult and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code and ragging under Section 116 of the Karnataka Education Act 1983.
According to the complainant, he and his friends were summoned to the room of accused Kannan on the night of December 28. The victims were confined inside the room even as the accused hurled abuses at them stating that juniors did not know how to respect senior students. Some of the victims were assaulted too.
On hearing some people approaching the room, the victims were let off, only to be summoned back to be threatened that they would be “killed” if the incident were to be made public, the complainant said.