Pradeep Pattanayak

The authorities of Binayak Acharya College in Ganjam’s Berhampur on Thursday rusticated all the five students for their alleged involvement in a ragging incident that occurred inside the college campus recently. 

The college authorities’ action came following a direction from the district police. 

“On the report of the victim of the viral video Badabazaar PS case no 308/2022 U/s 294/292 (A)/342/323/3534(A)/354(B)/509/506/34 IPC rw 12 POCSO rw sec 67/67(B) I.T Act as been registered. Main accused Abhisekh Nahal (24 yrs) and Bablu Panda (18 yrs) has been arrested so far. Further one 16 yr old boy, another 16 yr old boy and one 17 yr old boy have been detained for questioning. Police will recommend the college administration rusticate the two arrested students from Binayak Acharya College,” read a press note of the police.  

However, later the number of arrests increased to five. Of them, three majors were produced in a local court while the rest two who are juveniles were sent to a child welfare home. 

Informing about the action against the students, Principal Pramila Khadanga said, “After coming to know about yesterday’s ragging incident, a meeting involving anti-ragging committee and discipline committee members was convened today at 9.30 am. After going through the report submitted to me, a decision has been taken that all the students involved in the incident would be served compulsory TC.”

The college administration later took the decision to rusticate seven others, increasing the total number of penalized students to 12. 

In the purported video of the ragging incident, a male student can be seen misbehaving with a female student while the friends of the former appearing to be enjoying what was going on. 

After the matter came to the fore, both the college authorities and police swung into action and took action against the accused student. The police arrested two students under the POCSO Act and several relevant sections of IPC. 

Meanwhile, Berhampur superintendent of police visited the college and took a stock of the situation. “The rusticated students will have to pay heavily for their act. They will face problems in getting government jobs and drawing Passport in their names,” informed Berhampur SP Saravana Vivek. 

“All colleges should have an internal anti-ragging cell. Teachers, senior students and parents should be its members. If a new batch is subjected to ragging, the victimized student(s) should inform the cell. In turn, the cell will investigate the allegations. If the nature of the ragging is found to be minor, the students would be let go only with a warning. But if the nature of the ragging is found to be of criminal type, the cell should inform the police for action against the precipitators,” said SP Saravana Vivek.

(Reported Ashok Brahma from Berhampur, OTV)