PALAKKAD:Eight students who were charged with ragging at MES Kalladi college, Mannarkad, resulting in the loss of eyesight to one of the students, Mohammed Mohsin, 19, of Chunangad Chekku Musaliarakath house, has not been arrested on Saturday. Mannarkad CI Anil Kumar told ‘Express’ that the police team had made enquiries at houses and hangouts of the students but haven’t got any clue about their whereabouts.
He said the police had gone to the college on Saturday and took the statements of some more students and faculties. The police on Friday went to the hospital in Coimbatore and recorded the statement of Mohsin, who had lost sight of left eye. Circle Inspector Anil Kumar said that all the eight students had been booked under the Ragging Act and Sections 307 and 326 of the IPC for attempt to murder and causing grevious injury and handicapping a person.
The case was registered against senior students Noufal, Shanil, Jowhar, Jabir, Ashif, Anas, Suhail and Rishan. While Noufal and Shanil were expelled, remaining six students were suspended from the college. The CI also said that if any student is booked under the Ragging Act, the head of the institution should as per law immediately suspend him. If convicted, he said the student who indulged in ragging will have to undergo imprisonment for three years. He will also not be able to gain admission to any other educational institution for three years after the jail term.
Mohammed Mohsin was attacked with wooden sticks, steel rods and stones for questioning senior students who were ragging the juniors. After he had suffered an injury to his left eye, his uncle Shamsudheen had filed a complaint at Mannarkad police station on which they registered case.