Silchar (Assam). Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma on Tuesday said there was “certain negligence” on the part of Dibrugarh University in the alleged ragging of a first-semester M.Com student and the police would probe whether the university authorities had Tried to hide the incident.
Addressing a press conference after chairing the cabinet meeting in Silchar, Sharma said such incidents would not be tolerated anywhere in the state. A postgraduate student had jumped from the second floor of the hostel on November 27 to save himself from being severely manhandled during ragging and subsequent ragging.
Following the incident, 18 students were expelled and three were arrested. The Chief Minister said, “This is a serious crime. We will not tolerate any such incident. The cabinet has expressed dissatisfaction over the role of the university. There has definitely been negligence on their part.
The police will investigate whether the university authorities tried to cover up the incident or not.” Sharma said, “Action will be taken against the university administration if collusion is found. It should be clear that the state government has a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging.”
He said that after getting information about the incident, the police swung into action and the matter is being investigated. He said, “I have also directed the police to provide all possible help to the victim. If his family wants to shift him (the student) outside Assam for better treatment, the state government will take steps to facilitate it.” The student, who lives in the Padma Nath Gohain Baruah student residence of the university, is currently undergoing treatment in the ICU of a private hospital in Dibrugarh.