Less than a fortnight after allowing four medical students convicted for ragging to death their junior Aman Kachroo to continue with their studies, the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) on Wednesday launched an anti-ragging campaign in the victim’s name.
Vice chancellor A.D.N. Bajpai launched the state-wide campaign that would be carried out through the Aman Satya Kachroo Trust, a university statement said. The trust, of which the victim’s father Rajendar Kachroo is the founder, works for the eradication of ragging, research on judicial reforms and research on improved governance.
Anti-ragging campaigners say HPU’s ‘dual politics’ has come to the fore with the university launching an anti-ragging campaign soon after re-admitting the four students convicted for the 2009 ragging-death in Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital at Tanda town in Kangra district.
The university executive council, chaired by Bajpai, on Sep 28 allowed the convicts to continue their MBBS studies from the institution they were made to leave after the incident.
Three of the convicts were third-year MBBS students, while the fourth was an intern at the time of the crime. Kachroo, 19, was a student of the college since 2007.
He died on March 8, 2009 after he was ragged by his four drunk seniors.
Reacting to the HPU’s decision to re-admit the students, Aman’s father Kachroo told over telephone from Gurgaon in Haryana: “We have nothing to do with this.”