Brutal ragging: Inmate of Govt Tribal Boys Hostel thrashed, forced to drink urine, 8 booked

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Nagpur: In a shocking incident, a junior inmate of Government Adivasi Boys Hostel was ragged brutally by eight other inmates recently. The ragged inmate was allegedly forced to drink urine mixed with some arsenic substance and thrashed severely. Eight senior students have been booked in this connection.

The Government Adivasi Boys Hostel is situated at Chandramani Nagar. Medical and engineering students belonging to Adivasi community stay in the hostel. The ragging incident reportedly took place on February 21. The victimised inmate has been identified as Vishnu Bharat Pawar (21), native of Parbhani. The accused senior students, including a relative of a woman police officer, thrashed Vishnu and forced him to consume organic phosphate mixed with urine in room No. 205 on February 21 night. As the health of Vishnu deteriorated, he was admitted in GMCH.

The accused seniors havebeen identified as Durgesh Kolar (22), Prasheel Uikey (22), Raja Salame (23), Devendra Madavi (22), Tukaram Burkule (22), Shubham Madavi (22), Praveen Gedam (22) and Snehal Raut (22).

A student of Shree Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Vishnu was asked to remove his clothes. The senior students then urinated on him. He was thrashed for more than an hour when he tried to escape from the room. As hiscondition started deteriorating, he was admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital. Later, his parents shifted him to a private hospital where he is recuperating.

After recording the statement of Vishnu, Ajni Police registered an offence under Sections 328, 143, 147, 323, 504, 149 of the IPC read with Section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999 against the accused students.

However, the accused students denied ragging of Vishnu. They claimed that Vishnu came to the hostel 4-5 months back. Most of the inmates return to hostel by 9 pm. Medical students come late due to internship or emergency services. Vishnu also came late frequently. On February 21 night, Vishnu was at balcony and drinking cold drinks mixed with white coloured chemical. As his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to hospital, the accused students claimed.