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Death of Gurgaon Student
Four accused students expelled
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, March 12
Four students of Tanda Medical College, who were arrested on murder charges following the death of their junior Aman Kachroo allegedly due to ragging, have been expelled even as the state government gave a fortnight for completion of the magisterial probe into the incident.

All the four students, who have been booked on murder charge, have been expelled for two years, new principal of the college Anil Chauhan said.

The four students are Abhinav Verma, Mukul Sharma, Ajay Verma and Naveen Verma. 
The four students have reportedly admitted to ragging in custodial interrogation.

The sources in the police said that the accused students admitted that they ragged and even hit Aman Kachroo and some other students on March 6 late between 2 am and 4 am. The sources also said that the students had also revealed that ragging was rampart on the college campus.

The senior students had even forced certain junior students to shave off their heads as part of ragging. Most of the first-year students were forced to do homework of seniors and were threatened to keep mum. The junior students were threatened even by the registrar that if they complained their careers would be ruined, the police sources said.

Despite such reported cases of ragging the medical college authorities failed to take action in time. The SP, Kangra, Atul Fulzele, when contacted admitted that the students had admitted to ragging during custodial interrogation. However, the circumstances that led to the death of Aman Kachroo was still being investigated.

The SP also said that the statement of a security guard who was on duty in the hostel where the ragging incident took place and was a key witness in the case, was being recorded.

Two of the accused students, including intern Ajay Kumar Verma and Naveen Verma, were remanded in police custody till March 13 and other two, Mukul Sharma and Abhinav Verma, till March 16.

The theory regarding the death of Aman that is gaining credence among the investigating agencies is that he sustained neurological injury after being allegedly hit by one of the accused on March 6 night. According to statements of some other students, after being hit Aman had started bleeding from an ear. The bleeding should have been taken seriously by doctors at the medical college and he should have been given proper treatment. But this was not done and the internal bleeding in the head claimed his life. The college authorities instead tried to attribute the death to sudden cardiac arrest due some chronic heart problem.

Minister for health Rajeev Bindal and secretary, health, Deepak Shanan today visited the medical college.

The minister while talking to newsmen said that it was a criminal case and not a simple ragging case. He said nobody involved in the incident would be spared.



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