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August 14, 2009

10 Dibrugarh University (DU) students penalized for ragging

DIBRUGARH, Aug 14 – Acting sternly against the errant ten students who were accused of ragging, Dibrugarh University authorities on the basis of findings of the enquiry committee today officially announced the final punishment on the guilty students, including expulsions, and imposition of fines. The alleged students were earlier suspended temporarily from boarding in the University hostel and attending classes.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr KK Deka pronounced the punishment during a press conference held at the conference hall of the Administrative Building of the University. Members of the enquiry committee also faced the mediapersons during the press conference.

Considering the gravity of guilt of separate offenders of Padma Nath Gohain Baruah Boy’s Hostel of the University, punishment has been awarded in varying degrees. Madhav Kachari of Department of Commerce has been expelled from the University and simultaneously debarred from admission to any other institutions. He is also expelled from the hostel with immediate effect. Manash Pratim Gogoi of Department of History is expelled from the University for consecutive two semesters. A fine of Rs 10, 000 is also imposed on him besides being expelled from the hostel. Jitul Bora of Department of Sociology, Moon Deka of Centre for Computer Studies and Manash Rajkonwar of Department of Assamese have been expelled from the hostel and a fine of Rs 15,000 has been imposed on each of them. All fines have to be deposited within one month from the date of awarding punishment.

Likewise punishments on five students of the Department of Political Science were also announced today for their involvement in ragging in the Department. The errant students include Mintu Jyoti Kalita, Manoranjan Kalita, Lonee Dowerah, Minakshi Borah and Ranoj Pegu. A fine of Rs 20,000 has been imposed on each of the students and the same has to be paid within one month. Moreover, all scholarships, fellowships and other benefits if any would remain withheld. The five students of the Department have also been debarred from representing the University in any national or international meet, tournament and youth festivals etc.

The Vice Chancellor said that the exemplary punishment would serve as a lesson to all students indulging in such unruly activities. Anti ragging campaigns in different forms would be initiated in the University from the next session, Dr Deka stated. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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