NEW DELHI: A first year engineering student was brutally beaten up allegedly by his classmates and seniors in neighbouring Greater Noida on Tuesday following an altercation over serving of food in the hostel mess.
Nine students have been expelled and one suspended after they were found guilty in an inquiry into the incident by the college authorities. Four of those expelled are first year students.
Mohammad Wasim, a first year student of Dehra Dun Institute of Technology (DIT), was going out to have tea when some fellow students cornered him near the hostel gate. They allegedly kicked and punched him causing severe bruises. When the hostel authorities came to know about the incident, they admitted the boy to Aastha Hospital in Alpha-III and informed his parents.
A case was later registered against seven students for voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation and three of them were arrested. Those arrested have been identified as Shray, Vaibhav and Chetan, all second year students.
Denying that the victim was ragged by the students, the police said the accused had an altercation with the victim earlier in the day and they beat him up to settle scores. “Mohammad Wasim had an argument with the students in the hostel mess and they threatened to teach him a lesson. They later beat him up when they found him alone near the hostel gate,” said Sub-Inspector Vinod Deswal, investigating the case.
College director Ramesh Chander Goel said: “Based on our own probe into the incident ten students were found to be involved. We have expelled nine and suspended another. The probe found that the accused had some personal grudge against the victim and thus beat him up. It is not a case of ragging. Even the police investigation has ruled out ragging.”