statesman news service
KOLKATA, 9 JUNE: The third year student of BESU who had lodged an FIR against three students of the university for beating him up on 16 May night will have to pay a hefty fine as the inquiry committee of the university found him also at fault.
The three-member committee which has already submitted its report identified five students, including the complainant, as offenders and all five will be expelled from their hostels. Each of them will have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000, said Mr Biman Banerjee, Registrar of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU).
However, the complainant ~ Mr Bikram Chakma ~ had been expelled from the hostel on a previous occasion and owing to poor attendance he was disqualified to appear in the semester examination. Since he did not take re-admission, he was no longer a student of BESU. Yet he lodged a complaint at Shibpur police station identifying himself as a third year student of the mining engineering department of the university and alleged that three students had beaten him with rods. He was even admitted to the university hospital.
There was reportedly a clash between students of Richardson Hall and Sengupta Hall ~ the two hostels of the university. It was alleged the warring students were drunk. Since the complainant had been expelled from the hostel much earlier, questions were raised as to what he was doing that night inside the campus.
"The inquiry committee found that the complainant has withdrawn his FIR. The two groups probably settled the issue mutually. But the university carried on with its own inquiry and punished all who were involved in the clash since such indiscipline would not be tolerated inside the campus," said the registrar.
Earlier this year, BESU authorities expelled six students from their hostel for coaxing their juniors to give subscriptions. Though the junior students did not lodge any formal complaint, the university authorities formed an inquiry committee to look into the matter.