K.N. Murali Sankar

Harassment of hostel mates in the name of ragging alleged

Magistrate grants bail on the condition of surety from their parents

Delegation of MBBS students meets Police Commissioner, plead innocence on their behalf

VIJAYAWADA: First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P. Prabhakar on Thursday remanded to judicial custody till July 10 three MBBS students who were arrested by the Machavaram police late on Wednesday night on the charge of ragging some dental college students.

Neella Venkata Chalapati, Chittimalla Ram Prakash and Musam Suresh, all third-year MBBS students of the Government Medical College and staying at the Medical College Hostel, were arrested around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, following a complaint from G. Satish Kumar, a student of BDS final year in the Government Dental College here. They were arrested under Section 4 of the Andhra Pradesh Ragging (Prevention) Act and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and 292 (obscenity) of the Indian Penal Code.

Abusive language

The complainant charged the three with harassing students of Dental College, who were also staying in the same hostel, in the name of ragging. The accused zeroed in on two students of BDS first year and harassed them for the last one week by using abusive language.

When the complainant tried to interfere, all the accused wrote a letter to him, using again abusive language, the police said.

Though the Magistrate granted bail on the condition that the accused must obtain a surety each from their parents, none of the three students opted for it, reportedly due to their disinclination to involve their parents in the issue. They were sent to the Central Prison in Rajahmundry.

Even as the police were presenting the three accused in the court, a delegation of MBBS students called on City Police Commissioner C.V. Anand and pleaded innocence on behalf of the accused.

They argued that the BDS students were trying to make an issue out of a non-issue due to group rivalries in the hostel.