KOCHI: A group of students, most of them from the first year batch of Maharaja’s College here, held a sit-in protest in front of the college on Thursday, alleging ragging and physical assault by gang of seniors and outsiders. The college authorities have requested the police to secure the college and ensure the safety of students following the developments.
The representatives of the students who went on protest said that the harassment and ragging by a gang of seniors and outsiders had started when the first year batch joined college. Consequently, a complaint was submitted to the College principal last month. On Wednesday, a group entered an examination hall and physically assaulted students there and drove them away, the students alleged.
“We are scared to come to the college. They keep threatening us and some students have gone back home fearing an escalation of the situation,” said Rishi Karthik, a first year student. Ansar, a physically challenged student, too was manhandled by the group, the students alleged.
The students said that the gangs had links with drug mafia and many of them had been booked in various criminal cases.
College Principal Dr Beena said that the college council had taken the issue seriously. When the complaint of ragging was given, it was instantly forwarded to the police on October 30. Yet the police action was delayed till Wednesday. “It has been come to our notice that some deserted corners of the college are being misused for consuming liquor and drugs,” the principal said.