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August 14, 2009

9 expelled, fined for ragging in Dibrugarh University (DU)

DIBRUGARH, Aug 14: For the first time in the history of the State, nine students of Dibrugarh University were today found guilty of ragging newcomers and were either expelled or fined heavily. The nine students of Dibrugarh University had earlier been suspended temporarily and the committee, which was formed to enquire into the incident, found them guilty today.

The inquiry committee constituted vide notification no DU/SWS/Ragging/55/09/330(A) to look into the matter found that the four boarders of Padma Nath Gohain Baruah (PNGB) Hostel and five senior students of Political Science department were involved in the ragging of freshers.

Accordingly, each of the accused was handed out punishment in different forms. PNGB boarder Madhav Kachari of the Department of Commerce was expelled from the hostel as well as from the university with immediate effect. He was also debarred from taking admission in any other institution. Manash Pratim Gogoi of the Department of History was also expelled from the hostel with immediate effect and rusticated from the university for two consecutive semesters. A fine of Rupees 10,000 was also imposed upon him.

The other boarders — Jitul Bora, Department of Sociology, Moon Deka, Centre for Computer Studies (MCA) and Manash Rajkonwar of the Department of Assamese — were expelled from the hostel with immediate effect and a fine of Rs 15,000 was imposed upon each of them. Similarly, Mintu Jyoti Kalita, Monoranjan Kalita, Lonee Dowerah, Minakshi Borah and Ronoj Pegu were also fined a sum of Rs 20,000 each.

Briefing mediapersons today, DU Vice-Chancellor Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka said that the aggrieved students can appeal to the Chancellor only against the punishment. THE SENTINEL

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