“Six men assaulted for refusal to comply with orders to dance and do sit-ups”

Two law students have been arrested for allegedly ragging and thereafter assaulting and intimidating a first year student of Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre in Delhi last week.

The victim alleged that six men had assaulted him following his refusal to comply with the orders of his seniors to dance and do sit-ups.

Amit Kumar, a resident of Bhai Parmanand Colony, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Law degree at the Centre, alleged that the assault was a consequence of an argument he had with two of his seniors on March 7, the second day of the college’s annual fest which he was attending along with other fellow students.

The victim had complained that it was there that two of his seniors, Chandan Kumar and Narendra Yadav (both students of second year in the same course), came to him and asked him to join them for a dancing session in the college ground.

“I refused but they kept insisting and even forced me to join them. I did not relent and left for home,” said Amit.

According to Amit, the following day while he was sitting outside his classroom with a few friends, Chandan and Narendra accompanied by several others reached there. They took the victim to a corner and ordered him to do sit-ups but once again, Amit refused to give in to their demands and tried to leave.

“At this, Narendra and Chandan waylaid me and along with their accomplices started punching and kicking me. When they saw several others coming, they left but threatened everyone present there of dire consequences if they told anyone about the incident,” he said.

Amit immediately made a call to the Police Control Room upon which several policemen reached the college. Amit also told the police that his wallet containing some money and important documents was missing since the incident. Based on his complaint, a case under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341(wrongful restraint), 379 (theft), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) was registered by the police against the accused.

The victim said that since the incident took place on the last working day before the Centre’s mid-term vacations, due to which there were no classes for a week from March 10, he could not inform the college authorities.

Both Chandan and Narendra were arrested from their house on Monday and were produced at a local court on Tuesday which sent them to judicial custody. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sindhu Pillai said the four other accused have also been identified and a search has been launched for them.

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