Student brain-dead after attempting suicide over ragging

Student brain-dead after attempting suicide over ragging

Student brain-dead after attempting suicide over ragging

An 18-year-old student, who had attempted suicide after four of his classmates ragged him at South East Asian College of Nursing here recently, has been declared brain-dead by doctors, his family said. 

Thamarai Chelvan, a native of Theni district in Tamil Nadu, tried to hang himself on the hostel terrace after four of his classmates demanded Rs 4,000. The incident occurred on January 28 at the college hostel in KR Puram. Four students were arrested and released on bail on Tuesday in connection with the suspected ragging. 

Chelvan’s uncle Perumal told Deccan Herald the hospital had informed them that he is brain-dead. 

Police identified the suspects as Azharuddin, Nawaz, Karthik and Krishnan, all from Theni district. They have been booked under Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The college management will be booked for negligence. The matter is being discussed with the senior police officers, police sources said. 

Sources said Chelvan had borrowed a laptop from one of the accused. Something went wrong among them and they had a heated argument. They demanded Rs 4,000 from him and he felt insulted and attempted suicide. He is said to be a sensitive person. “But we are still investigating the case to ascertain the exact reason for Chelvan to attempt to suicide. Ragging cannot be ruled out and we are probe into it,” said a senior police officer. 

‘Can’t give statement’

Chelvan is critical and has been hospitalised. Thus, recording his statement is difficult. If he names the person and explains what transpired, then a strict action can be taken, added the police officer.

Some students gathered outside the college on Tuesday to protest against the incident. The family alleged that the college management, after promising to take care of the medical expenses earlier on Tuesday, went back on its promise. 

“During the protests, the management representatives promised to take care of the medical expenses. We demanded the CEO to visit the boy in the hospital and he promised to do so. But later in the afternoon they sent the manager instead who asked us why the institution had to bear the financial burden for the student’s decision to hang himself,” Perumal said.

150 detained 

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have launched a new drive—Area Domination Operation—to curb house thefts, chain-snatchings, robberies. dacoities, etc.

The first such drive was conducted late on late Monday and lasted till Tuesday early morning. Police detained 150 people involved in various crimes and collected their photographs, contact details and fingerprints.

A many as 210 special police teams were constituted for the operation that took place in the graveyards, abandoned structures, bridges and desolate areas. The operation began at 12 midnight and concluded around 3 am.

“The data collected by the police during the drive will help in curbing criminal activities and arresting those involved in crimes. It will also help the police crack old cases. The police have decided to make the operation a regular feature,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) P Harishekharan said.

Police Commissioner M N Reddi and Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar supervised the operation.