Assam: Prime accused in Dibrugarh University ragging case surrenders
The prime accused in the Dibrugarh University ragging case, Rahul Chetry

Dibrugarh: In the latest development in Dibrugarh University ragging case where a student was critically injured after he jumped from the second floor of the hostel, prime accused Rahul Chetry surrendered before the police on Monday, a senior official said.

Anand Sharma, a student of M.Com first-semester, was allegedly tortured by his seniors on November 26, following which he had jumped from the second floor of the hostel to save himself from ragging.

Confirming the development, Raju Bahadur Chetry, officer-in-charge of Dibrugarh police station, said, “The continuous pressure mounted by us compelled Rahul Chetry to surrender before the police. He surrendered at the Lekhapani police in Tinsukia district early morning and a team of Dibrugarh police has taken him into custody for interrogation.”

A case under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 341 (wrongful restraint), 307 (abetment of suicide), and 143 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC has been registered against Chetry.

“So far, seven students have been arrested in this case including Chetry,” he added.

OC Chetry said, “Police are investigating the case with top priority and others involved in the ragging case have been identified. We expect more arrests very soon.”

Four students of Dibrugarh University were rusticated for three years, while 18 others were expelled for their alleged involvement in the case.

Three wardens of the ‘Padmanath Gohain Baruah Chatra Nivas’ (PNGBCN hostel) were also suspended by the university authorities for alleged dereliction of duty.

Sarma, who was admitted to the ICU, had suffered a vertebral fracture leading to serious nerve injury, causing weakness in one leg. He also suffered a fracture in his hand. On December 1, he underwent surgery and is now on the path of recovery, doctors said.

Registrar Paramananda Sonowal said the varsity’ Anti Ragging Committee (ARC) has applied for permission at the CJM court to record statements of those arrested.

“Permission has been sought for Law Officer of Dibrugarh University Devraj Sharma and Inspector of Colleges and member of ARC Rupam Saikia to go to jail and record their statements,” he added.

A magisterial inquiry is being conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanghamitra Baruah.

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