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Friday, December 20, 2013

BJ Medical College students go on flash strike

BJ Medical College students go on flash strike
AHMEDABAD: It was a day of violence, demonstrations and strike at the BJ Medical College on Friday. The students went on a flash strike, demanding pardon to the three students who were suspended by the five- member committee for ragging junior students in September this year.

The college had on Wednesday suspended three students for three years. Another 44 students, who were called 'boss' by their juniors, were debarred from entering the hostel. They will also have to do their bit for society. The five-member anti-ragging committee has requested police commissioner Shivanand Jha to use them as traffic volunteers for six months. The three suspended included Nirav Patel, a second year postgraduate resident student; Dhrumin Patel, an intern; and Kashyap Patel, a second year MBBS student.

The matter came to light on September 17 when some students called up the UGC helpline and said that as part of the ragging, the juniors were made to do a number of chores, like getting tea for the seniors. They were also asked to get the dean's signature on a piece of paper post-midnight. They were made to list out the phone numbers of the members of the anti-ragging committee of the college, besides singing and dancing sessions.

Since Thursday, there were protests marked with a high drama of attempted suicide by one of three students. Officials said that late on Thursday night, a group of senior students attacked eight to 10 juniors and asked them to support the seniors and express solidarity with the three students who were suspended.

On Friday morning, the students protested on the campus and met college authorities demanding that the three students should be pardoned. Meanwhile, authorities held an emergency meeting of heads of departments and directed them that such incidents of ragging will not be tolerated.

The authorities even asked its officials to call parents of all junior students and alert them that if their wards were caught supporting the agitating seniors, they will also face similar punishment.

Protest at GU

A group of BJ Medical College students rushed to the Gujarat University and met acting Vice-Chancellor Mukul Sinha demanding that the suspension of the three students should be revoked. The students carrying placards sat on a dharna outside the university campus. The students handed over a memorandum demanding justice for the students claiming that they were falsely implicated in the ragging incident
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