Fijian student ragged in BHU, FIR lodged against four: Police

Fijian student ragged in BHU, FIR lodged against four: Police

A Fijian student was allegedly beaten up and ragged by his seniors at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) here, the police said.

An FIR had been lodged against four persons in connection with the incident, they added.

Munish, a Fiji national and a BA first year student of the university, was allegedly beaten up by his seniors on Saturday, after he refused to follow their orders, the police said.

The seniors even threw tea on Munish's face at the university's 'Maitri' canteen, they added.

On Friday, when Munish was heading to attend lectures, the seniors allegedly stopped him and asked him to address them as "sir" and greet them with "namaste". As the Fijian student refused to oblige, the seniors allegedly misbehaved with him, the police said.

The next day, the seniors allegedly beat him up at the 'Maitri' canteen and also threw tea on his face, they added.

Munish narrated his ordeal to Professor H B Srivastava, the chairman of the BHU's International Centre, who forwarded his complaint to the chief proctor's office.

Subsequently, the anti-ragging cell of the university launched a probe into the matter.

An FIR had been registered against four persons under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 352 (assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation) at the Lanka police station, Station House Officer Sanjiv Mishra said, adding that the accused would be arrested soon.

The student was earlier staying on his own in a rented accommodation outside the campus. After the alleged incident of ragging, the university administration has shifted him to the BHU's International House complex, said a spokesperson of the institute.

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