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‘My son was ragged by his seniors'

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Dead student's father accuses college administration of negligence



‘Murdered':Abhishek Kumar

NEW DELHI: “There is nothing left for me in this world now, I am a living dead. He was my only son,” said the grieving father of Abhishek Kumar, a first year student of an engineering institute in neighbouring Ghaziabad who fell from the fourth floor of his hostel building on Sunday and died. Accusing the college administration of negligence, he alleged that his son had fallen victim to ragging by his seniors.

Abhishek's body was handed over to his father Jaikant Sah on Tuesday after the post-mortem. The body was consigned to flames at Noida in the afternoon. The victim, who hailed from Ranchi in Jharkhand, had enrolled for the mechanical engineering course at SRM Institute of Management and Technology.

Mr. Sah alleged that the hostel guard was responsible because he allowed seniors to enter the juniors' hostel. “The warden is responsible and the college dean is also liable because he did not take any action on the complaint of ragging by my son. Abhishek once told me that he was being ragged by seniors, at which I told him that there was a Supreme Court order banning ragging and that he should lodge a complaint with the dean. My son had joined the college on August 10 and died within five days.”

Mr. Sah was informed about the incident on Sunday night. “I received a call saying that my son had sustained injuries from a fall and that he had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Fortis Hospital in Noida. As I was in Ranchi, I called up my nephew, who lives in Delhi, asking him to enquire about Abhishek,” said Mr. Sah.

Mr. Sah's nephew Shivanshu, who is pursuing a management course, said he reached the hospital around 1 a.m. and was allowed to see his cousin. “He had cuts on his stomach and hand,” said Shivanshu, suggesting foul play.

The engineering student was declared dead by the doctors on Monday morning.

As directed by his uncle, Shivanshu called up the Police Control Room. “I got a complaint number and was told to approach the Modinagar police station. From where I was referred to the nearby Niwari police station. There the policemen told me that action would be taken in my uncle's presence,” said Shivanshu.

He alleged that a couple of days ago, Abhishek had sent an SMS to a friend stating that he would not be able to meet him and that the ragging was at its peak.

The college management has refuted the allegations of ragging, stating that it was apparently a case of death by accident. They suspect that Abhishek slipped and fell from the under-construction fourth floor of his hostel building while talking over his mobile phone.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad) Raghubir Lal said the police would register a case based on the complaint of Abhishek's father. “Strict action will be taken against those responsible in case the allegations are found to be true,” he said.

Late on Tuesday evening, Abhishek's father lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his son was murdered.

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