A year later, 4 BHU students held for ragging

A year later, 4 BHU students held for ragging

A year later, 4 BHU students held for ragging

The arrests came after the victim, a native of Bihar, threatened to commit suicide if no action was taken against the four.“Ashish Gautam, Grijesh Tiwari, Mohit Shukla and Anuj Lal were arrested late on Thursday after the varsity authorities registered a case against them,” police inspector Mohan Yadav told reporters in Varanasi.

The BHU administration moved into action nearly one year after Ankit Upadhyay (name changed), a BCom second year student, registered the complaint of ragging in October 2009.

According to sources, BHU officials got the case registered against the four students only after Upadhyay, who had left for his native Buxar in Bihar after allegedly being tortured by the students, returned this year and submitted copies of a letter on September 9 to the university that he would commit suicide if action was not taken against the offending students.

Upadhyay has already lost one academic year due to his short attendance as he left for Buxar. “Of the four students, two (Grijesh Tiwari, Mohit Shukla) were my batchmates at the time of the incident. The two along with other senior students, including Ashish Gautam and Anuj Lal, took me to a house and physically abused me,” Upadhyay told reporters in Varanasi on Friday.

“They even stripped me and forced me to perform obscene acts, which they recorded on their mobile phones and later circulated to other students in the varsity; but still no action was taken against them. Thereafter, I decided to run away to my native place,” he said.

However, after being advised by his family that he should continue his studies, Upadhyay returned to BHU in February this year. “I again approached my faculty head to take action against the students but was told that nothing could be done as it was an old case. As the students continued to harass me, I stated in a letter to the varsity authorities that I would commit suicide,” said Upadhyay.

When contacted, BHU chief proctor H C S Rathore said: “Yes, it definitely needs to be probed why action was not taken in 2009 when the student had registered the complaint.

“We have initiated an inquiry. Stringent action would be taken against all those who had assaulted Upadhyay,” he added.