Parents of Eng student alleges son died due to ragging

Bhubaneswar: The parents of a student of a private residential college on Thursday alleged that their son died after being ragged by his seniors at the outskirts of the state capital, police said.

Ipsit Nayak`s body was fished out from an artificial pond of a stone quarry, a day after he went missing. The pond was located near the institute where Nayak had been studying.

"My son became a victim of ragging. Some of his seniors murdered him and threw his body in the pond," the victim`s father Rajendra Nayak told reporters here. The father of Ipsit lodged a complaint in this regard at Janla police outpost demanding arrest of the accused.

The police, however, said that the prima facie evidence indicated that the boy died of drowning. "There were no external injuries on body. Postmortem report can establish the exact cause of death," said Janla outpost`s in-charge Dhruba Charan Pradhan.

"We do not encourage ragging in the institute. The students, along with Nayak were playing. Perhaps he drowned while swimming in the pond. I do not think he was murdered," said College principal Bhabani Sankan Rath. Ipsit`s friends said that he went out of the college premises around 5 pm on Wednesday while it was raining.