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Pradeep Pattanayak

With the parents of the deceased medico sticking to the guns that ragging has taken a toll on Nishant, the surfacing of Nishant Kumar's mobile chats with his friends has lent credence to the ragging theory in a big way.  

The first year MBBS student in Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir, who was a native of Haryana, had fallen to death from the hostel roof on April 22.  

In a chat with his friend, who stays abroad, Nishant mentioned how he was subjected to ragging on the campus. He then went on to narrate how the seniors had prevented juniors from playing in the playground and visiting the park. In the chat, Nishant had even mentioned that he couldn't muster the courage to complain about the ragging to college authorities.  

The surfacing of another chat, believed to be between two friends of Nishant, where they too had a conversation about the ragging of Nishant by seniors, thickens the ragging plot in the medico suicide case. 

The chats make the claims of Dean of the medical college Sabita Mohapatra look quite intriguing. Mohapatra on Friday had dismissed the allegation of ragging behind the suicide. She said, "There is no question of ragging as the college has an active anti-raging squad." 

The Dean's statement came in reply to the allegations levelled by the family members of the deceased medical student that ragging is the reason behind their son’s death. 

"My son had been psychologically tormented and later murdered," charged an inconsolable mother on Saturday.

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