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Ragging in PATNA, BIHAR - Medico hangs self

PATNA, BIHAR: The suicide of a medico on Tuesday evening remains shrouded in mystery with the teen's father attributing his son's extreme step to ragging by seniors on his college campus while authorities denying it.

A first year student of Patna Medical College and Hospital, Sunny Kumar Roshan was a native of Saran district's Shivnagri village. His body was found hanging from the ceiling of his room in a private lodge at Maata Khudi Sah Lane in Patna where he lived as a tenant to pursue his studies.

Roshan's father Kameshwar Ram, a banker with State Bank of India, alleged his son often complained to him about ragging. "Once he told me over phone that his seniors had been asking for Rs 1,200 as donation for Saraswati Puja. I had sent him the money," a wailing Ram told TOI over phone from his village where he was performing his son's last rites on Thursday.

Roshan, he said, was so scared of his seniors that he would often bunk off his classes. On the fateful evening, he gave the puja donation to his seniors. On return to his lodge, he went straight to his room and bolted the door from inside, Ram said.

Police said they were approached by Roshan's friends in the lodge when Roshan did not open the door till late Wednesday morning. Police broke open the door and recovered the body.

Patna Medical College (PMC) principal Dr N P Yadav, however, denied that it was a case of ragging. "Roshan was living in a lodge and no one knows what happened there and how," he said.

PMC has an anti-ragging squad to look into such complaints. Squad member Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said neither Roshan nor his parents ever lodged any complaint with the college authorities.

PMC's anatomy department head Dr Khursheed Alam said Roshan was weak in his studies and fetched poor marks in different papers.

"It prima facie doesn't appear to be a case of ragging," Patna SSP Bachchu Singh Meena told TOI on his return from PMC. He said though most of the students have left for their homes after the first year exams, he talked to at least 12 classmates of Roshan. None of them complained about any incident of ragging, the SSP said.

"If the boy's parents have such a complaint, police would assist them in every possible way," Meena said and added while the boy has not left behind a suicide note, his father has lodged a case of unnatural death in the Sultanganj police station.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, has directed police to investigate the ragging aspect of the suicide case. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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