Two second-year students accused of physically assaulting two of their juniors have been suspended by the M.S. Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce. The two boys were embroiled in an alleged incident of ragging where they beat up two first year BBM students - Sudesh Kumar Mondal and Sumit Dubey – at a paying guest accommodation near the college in Mathikere last week.

A. Nagarathna, principal of the college, said the boys were suspended on Monday and will remain under suspension until the inquiry ordered into the incident is complete. “We will have to wait till we hear from both the sides, find out who the accomplices were and then take action. Until then, the two second-year students will remain under suspension,” she said.

About the first-year students who were admitted to the hospital due to injuries sustained in the assault, she said they had both been discharged and were advised rest until they recovered from the incident.

However, the college maintained its stand about the incident not being a case of ragging. “The investigation has started but as of now it does not appear to be a case of ragging. The police complaint lodged by the first-year student also specifies it as an attack, not a case of ragging,” Ms. Nagarathna said.

Meanwhile, the second-year student arrested on charges of alleged ragging, was granted bail on Tuesday. The accused, Harish, along with his classmate Varun, allegedly stripped and assaulted the two juniors for allegedly misbehaving with a girl from the same college. The Sadashiva Nagar police had arrested Harish and produced him before the seventh Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Tuesday after which he was granted bail. The police are also on the lookout for Varun who is on the run. “His mobile phone is also switched off which makes it difficult for us to track him down,” the police said.

Also speaking about the incidents of alleged ragging during a press conference, Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash R. Patil said the government had taken serious note of the incident. “The government will not tolerate any such incidents. We have warned the college managements to check ragging in their institutions. We have to control it and the Government is firm on this,” the Minister said.