In a ragging incident, Athul Mohan a first-year student of DC School of Management and Technology in Idukki, Kerala was hospitalised after sustaining severe injuries.
The college allegedly tried to sweep the incident under the rug. The administration suspended the five seniors who ragged him and launched an internal investigation only after the case was reported to the police.
Five students were booked in relation to the crime on Friday, September 7. They are all absconding and the police is in search of them.
Reports say that some seniors threatened him after the incident and told him that he would face dire consequences if he told anyone.
Athul said that he told his seniors that he was suffering from fits to escape the ragging. However, they found out later and got back at him for lying to them. He had heard that there was ragging in the college hostel and he tried to escape but in vain.
Other students are afraid to leave their hostel rooms. A student told India Today, "We have paid money to study, not to be ragged. We have complained to the anti-ragging cell but we are being pressured to withdraw our complaint. We don't want to do this."
The National Human Rights Commission had earlier issued notices to the HRD Ministry, the Uttar Pradesh government, and the principal of Moti Lal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad because over a hundred boys and girls were subjected to 'inhuman treatment' in the name of ragging.