Srikakulam: A horrifying case of ragging and casteism has come to light at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh. Two senior students of MBBS Rahul Roy (final year student) and Nagesh (House Surgeon) assaulted two junior students Nitesh Kumar and Akshay Kumar with cricket stumps.
The incident came to light after the two junior students, studying in their second year of MBBS course, lodged a complaint against the senior students with Two-Town police station in Srikakulam Town on Wednesday night.
The junior Nitesh and Akshay said that they had a small dispute with the senior students over a petty issue during the New Year Celebrations in the RIMS. "The seniors developed grudge on us and they locked us up in the hostel room for two days (January 24 and 25). They also beat us with cricket stumps."
Though the victims approached the management of the RIMS to initiate action against them, the management counselled the seniors but they failed to take any action against the seniors. The management of the college tried to pacify the juniors and seniors citing it was "a small issue."
Upset with the series of events, the juniors along with their parents lodged a police complaint against the senior students. The victims said that since they belonged to SC/ST community, the management supported Rahul and Nagesh, who belonged to forward castes.
Sources said that the Rahul and Nagesh harassed the juniors in the hostel room and they asked the juniors to bring alcohol. When the juniors refused to bring the alcohol, the seniors further harassed the juniors and beat them with cricket stumps.
The Srikakulam police said that they have registered a case against the senior students Rahul and Nagesh under SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, AP Prohibition of Ragging Act and Sections 322, 324 342 R/W 34 of IPC and investigation is on.
The police found injury marks on the back of the victim students. The victims have been admitted to government hospital for medical tests. The police may arrest the senior students and the police also appealed the management of the college to suspend the accused persons.