THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A first-year Civil Engineering student of the Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology, Vellanad, committed suicide on Monday night allegedly due to ragging. Ajub Ajith, 19, was found hanging at his house at Kowdiar here around 8.30 p.m.
A complaint against ragging, written by some of his girl classmates to the vice-principal of the college, was found from the body.
His parents filed a complaint with the Museum police alleging ragging by some of his seniors. According to the police, Ajub told his mother that one of his friends had been ragged and he was their next target.''His mother said she would complain to the principal. But Ajub opposed it saying that it would do more harm to him. He went to sleep after 8 p.m. He was later found hanging,’’ the police said.
However, the college authorities denied the ragging charge. ''No complaint against ragging came up before me. The complaint letter found from Ajub’s body didn’t mention any such incident,’’ said college principal M.K.Jana. Vice-principal M.K.Narendranathan said that the college had taken strict measures against ragging in the past.
``We register case with the police if we get any complaint. Even, last week, we suspended five 4th semester students, including son of a police officer, on ragging charges. As per our knowledge, there was no incident of ragging against Ajub,’’ he said.
One of the seniors in the college said that there were complaints against some 4th semester students on ragging. However, he was clueless about any incident of ragging against Ajub. ``The complaint which was found on his body is actually an old one. The complaint does not have any mention of ragging against him,’’ he said.
Incidents of ragging were reported from the Sarabhai Institute in the past.
Two ragging cases were registered with the Venjarammoodu police station against some of the senior students of the institute.