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Inquiry but no action
Ragged student died without medical attention
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala/Shimla, March 10
The least that is expected from a medical college is that it would treat one of its own well and provide adequate medical attention, whenever required. But for 24 long hours, poor Aman Satya Kachroo, the first year student who died of shock on Sunday evening after being ragged on Friday-Saturday, practically went without treatment.

The student’s death has caused a national furore and Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was forced to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident leading to the death and subsequent negligence by college authorities.

Eyewitness account of a security guard holds that Aman was beaten up more brutally than the others because he had put up a resistance. And that there was profuse bleeding from his ears. Several doctors contacted by The Tribune maintained that bleeding from the ear indicated neurological injuries in the head and that Aman appears to have died of neurogenic shock.

Even more shocking has been the conduct of the college authorities, who claimed yesterday that the student had a congenital heart problem and that he had died of a “sudden”cardiac arrest. On the face of it, the fact that the student bled for 24 hours would indicate an attempt at a cover-up. And the inquiry would be required to find out why the authorities tried to protect the culprits.

The four main acused, two of whom were arrested yesterday, were produced before the court today after the remaining two surrendered. All the four, namely Abhinav, Ajay and Naveen Verma and Mukul Sharma, were remanded to police custody till March 16.

The police, which had registered a case of ‘’culpable homicide not amounting to murder’’ yesterday , on Tuesday converted the case to one of ‘murder’ under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

SP, Kangra, Atul Fulzele, told The Tribune that no case had yet been registered against the college authorities. If it is felt necessary to do so after the custodial interrogation of the students, he said, a case would be registered against the college too. Failure of the college to take action against unruly elements and discipline students has been a sore point with people here. People recall how first year students of the college had abandoned their hostel and taken shelter in a police station a few years ago. The statutory anti-ragging committee does exist in the college but rarely functions, they alleged.

The state government, meanwhile, accepted the resignation of the principal and posted Dr Anil Chauhan as the new principal of Tanda Medical College.

A perturbed chief minister declared at Shimla that he would not participate in Holi this year following the tragic death of the medical student. The government, he asserted, would not allow academic environment in Himachal Pradesh to be vitiated by unruly and violent elements.

College in a coma

n The student died 24 hours after ragging
n The medical college failed to treat him
n Conspiracy of silence by warden, teachers, students
n Conduct of security men under scanner
n No action against culprits by college authorities
n Ragging reported from the college earlier too

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Addl Solicitor Gen to move SC

New Delhi, March 10
Outraged by the death of 19-year-old medico Aman Kachroo Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam today announced he would move the Supreme Court seeking exemplary action against those involved in the heinous offence.

Subramaniam, who was earlier appointed as amicus curaie (friend of the court) by the apex court which had passed a series of directions to curb the menace, said he would move a special application pressing for constitution of a fast track court to expedite the trial in the case and bring to book the culprits responsible for Kachroo’s death.

He said the application would be moved on March 16, immediately after the apex court reopens after the Holi vacation.

Subramaniam said he would ensure that the “conduct of the state government is called into question. It would include the role of the students, the principal and the vice chancellor.” “I will be seeking action for contempt, inaction, negligence and failure of all those responsible for preventing such an incident. Yes, I will ask for a fast track court to decide the case in an expeditious way,” he added.

The Additional Solicitor General said stern action should be taken against those responsible for Kachroo’s death as the incident had happended despite the apex court passing directions to curb the menace.

“Action should be taken against those responsible so that it acts as a deterrent on others ,” Subramaniam said. — PTI

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