Kalaburagi: Police file case of ragging but Al Qmar College denies

Kalaburagi: Police file case of ragging but Al Qmar College denies

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-28 15:26 Bengaluru: Even as the police have filed a ragging case against three nursing students for allegedly forcing a dalit student to consume toilet cleaner in Kalaburagi, the management of Al Qamar College of Nursing are in no way ready to agree with the police.The accused students have been identified as Athira Reji and Lakshmi A Pillai, both are third year nursing students, Krishnapriya, final year student and Shilpa Joe. While Shilpa is yet to be taken into custody, the police have arrested the other three. They are all students of Al Qamar Nursing College owned by senior Congress leader in Mallikarjuna Kharge's constituency.According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Kalaburagi police, prima facie it was found that Ashwathy was allegedly ragged on many occasions forcing her to drink the toilet cleaner. It came to light when the police team led by Shashi Kumar N, SP (Kalaburagi) inquired many students including the five accused. “The victim was forced to dance and sing at the whims and fancies of the accused. This left a deep impact on the victim,” said a senior police officer. He further said although the accused did not force her to drink the cleaner, it is being investigated as to what led Ashwathy to take the extreme step.The investigating team led by DySP has already recorded the statements of college staff including faculty, principal, and hostel warden and also from the staff of Basaveahwara Hospital, where the victim was admitted, Kumar said. The police are planning to add Sec 116 of Karnataka Education Act 1983 against the accused.However, Dr MM Baig, college administrator maintained that the victim never complained about ragging. In fact, these allegations are surfacing after she left to Kerala. It was her seniors – who are now being projected as accused – rushed her to the hospital immediately after she consumed the toilet cleaner, Baig pointed out.The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) had formed a two-member committee to look into the incident. The panel too – in its report – denied allegations of ragging in the college. It stated that the victim consumed toilet cleaner over a family issue. The committee has now submitted its report to the University.Another employee of the college said, since 14 years of its inception, there was no complaint of ragging in the college. He suspected a personal reason for Ashwathi to take the extreme step. “I came to know that Ashwathi had raised a loan of Rs 3 lakh while the four year nursing course does not cross Rs 2 lakh. This must have triggered her to attempt suicide.”The accused students had left for their native as they were having holidays. Yet, after the incident, they obliged the police to come and record their statement. They have not gone absconding instead they are co-operating with the police. This clearly indicates, they did not rag Ashwathi, said another employee.Dr Sharana Basappa Haravala, Medical Superintendent of Basaveshwara Hospital said the victim was attended to without any delay by his colleagues. Later, they informed the police. While her friends stated that she attempted suicide, the police could not record the victim’s statement, as she was not in a position to speak."We have arrested three accused on Friday night and produced before the court and taken them into police custody for further probe," Shashi Kumar saidThe police are now planning to include college principal Dr Esther, who allegedly tried to hush up the case in the chargesheet.But when questioned what led Ashwathi to consume the cleaner, B Shiva Kumar Inspector General of Police (North eastern range) said Ashwathi allegedly taunted Lakshmi as ‘dirty Lakshmi’ for being bullied. She had written the same on a piece of paper which angered the senior. She kicked up a quarrel with Ashwathi and allegedly assaulted her. This could have forced the victim to take the extreme step, he added.According to the police, Lakshmi reportedly confessed that she and victim had fight over Ashwathi calling her names.