Staff Reporter

Girl's parents, CPI seek action against college

  • P. Afsar Banu committed suicide on February 22
  • All-party panel withdraws district bandh call

    ANANTAPUR: The parents of P. Afsar Banu, who committed suicide allegedly due to ragging on February 22, and district leaders of the CPI on Tuesday sought a probe into the charges of ragging in a private nursing college here, lifting of cases on student union leaders and party activists and action against the police officers responsible for brutality against student leaders.

    Speaking to newspersons here, parents of Afsar Banu, Shashad Begum and Rasool Khan, her younger brother Ansari and relatives, district secretary of CPI M.V. Ramana and deputy secretary C. Jaffer alleged that instead of taking action against the college management responsible for the girl's death, the police had resorted to a brutal attack on the student unions who staged a protest in the college seeking justice for the victim's family.

    The girl's parents explained that their daughter had told them that her seniors used to rag her frequently and had also insulted for her inability to pay Rs. 100 for cleaning water tank. The college management had taken the complaints of ragging by the girl lightly and unable to take it any longer, she returned to her parents in Kutagulla in Kadiri and consumed a hair dye to end her life. The CPI leaders said the police had resorted to a lathicharge on the student unions when they went to the college to stage a protest against the death of the girl.

    They were kept in police custody and were taken to the SP's camp office around 8 p.m. on February 23 and were beaten up inhumanly in the name of `special counselling'.

    Further, they alleged that while the SP had kicked the students, Town CI John Manohar had hit them with gun butts. After learning about the brutal treatment of the students, the activists of CPI, CPI (M) and BJP went to the rural police station to visit the former. But the police attacked the parties' activists too, they charged.

    Later, the police foisted cases of attempted rape and attempt to murder against student union leaders and cases of attempt to raid police station on the parties' activists. An all-party committee withdrew the district bandh call after an assurance of the DIG of police to withdraw cases.

    They would take up the agitation again if the police failed to keep their word.