Investigators have also found that the teen was "sexually molested" and the arrested 12 people, including present and former students of the varsity, "had played active roles" in the entire episode, leading to the Nadia teen's death, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.
The deceased has been identified as Rojalin Patra, a third-year electrical engineering student. As per sources, Rojalin was a brilliant student and selected for four campus placements.
It is alleged that four students including Debasish and Kailash intercepted the girl student and misbehaved with her while she was returning home after college on January 3.
The members of Anti-Ragging Committee and Squad and Discipline have been directed to intimate immediately the local police station, if these students are seen on and around the campus.
The incident came to the fore after the victim’s mother lodged a complaint in this connection.
According to the complainant, a group of his seniors first ragged him then they threatened and brutally thrashed him.
The college authorities have denied the ragging charges and said that it was only a clash between the juniors and senior
Earlier a verbal complaint was filed regarding another ragging incident in the college. As many as 10 students involved in the incident were suspended from the college for 10 days.
The recent incident of ragging at Binayak Acharya College in Berhampur and the subsequent arrest of the prime accused Abhishek Nayak has spelt trouble for the ruling BJD.
The college authorities’ action came following a direction from the district police.
A Plus-III second year student of Nimapara Autonomous College approached School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Saturday seeking justice.
Though she brought the matter to the notice of hostel warden, her compliant was allegedly not heard.
The family members alleged that the student attempted to kill self by consuming poison. The student’s brother alleged that he might have resorted to the extreme after being subjected to some ragging at the college.
In the complaint, the victims alleged that their seniors forced them to perform indecent and obscene acts, including unnatural s*x. The seniors then forced them to take the name of any of their female classmates and make derogatory remarks about her.
The suicide of BJB college student Ruchika Mohanty was the third instance when an Odisha student ended their life within a span of just three months, bringing the much debated issue of ragging to the fore again.
The student’s father Ganeswar Mohanty alleged the college authorities had been protecting the three students who are responsible for their daughter’s death.
Richa Mishra, a Commerce student of the institute, had ended her life on November 18, 2005. The suicide note she had left behind had led to the arrest of three lecturers.
First-year MBBS student and a native of Haryana, Nishant Kumar of Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir reportedly died after falling off the hostel roof on April 22.
When Savitri Behera, a Plus 2 second-year student of Prince Residential College in Balasore reportedly fell off from her hostel building on the night of May 18 (Wednesday), the incident sparked another speculation with some terming it a case of ragging and murder.
Palpable tension prevailed at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur after a second year MBBS student accused a senior resident of ragging him inside the campus.