Staff Reporter

Victim and one of the witnesses depose before the commission

Statements of victim, his classmate, SI recorded

Ragging victim narrates sequence of events

VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission secretary S. Chellappa on Saturday conducted an inquiry into the recent ragging incident that occurred in SRR & CVR Government College here.

The statements of the victim, one of his classmates who witnessed the act of ragging on the college premises and sub-inspector of Machavaram police station S. Govindarajulu were recorded at the deposition. Prime accused Manikonda Ramu (18) has been sent to Rajahmundry prison on remand by the police and a second student, a minor, was not present at the inquiry.

Summons issued

Dr. Chellappa said that summons would be issued to the minor, who was accused in the ragging that occurred on Thursday. The commission took into consideration suo moto the media reports on the incident to conduct the inquiry.

The ragging victim, a 17-year-old boy, and another junior intermediate student narrated details about the incident that took place at the college canteen on Thursday afternoon.

The victim said Ramu humiliated him in front of a group of students.

“He said that my shirt was looking good and asked me to give it to him on the spot,” the boy said. Ramu and his friend beat him up and kicked him, he stated. A group of students that belonged to the Students Federation of India (SFI) came to the rescue and helped him lodge a complaint with the college vice-principal and the Machavaram police, he deposed. Dr. Chellappa wanted to know whether the incident was a result of differences between two student organisations. The victim said that he was not a member of any students’ organisation. Mr. Govindarajulu said he had taken a written complaint from the victim and registered a case under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act.