Sambalpur: The authorities of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) have begun a probe into the alleged ragging of a first year student by a group of senior students.
The incident came to the fore after a video of the victim went viral on social media.
In the video, the victim alleged that he was detained by a senior student while he was on his way to the hostel around 2 pm on Wednesday after attending a class. The senior asked him as to why he had not put on the uniform. “As I remained silent, he took me to a group of about 20 senior students of the second and third year, who then severely thrashed me. However, I managed to escape from their clutches and ran towards the hostel. I met the hostel warden there and narrated the incident,” he added.
Though ragging is rampant in the institute, the authorities do not take action against the senior students, he further alleged.
Dean of the Students Welfare said he has ordered an investigation into the incident. The parents of the senior students involved in the incident have been asked to report at the institute, he added.
The parents of the victim too had come to VSSUT on Wednesday and had a meeting with the authorities.
A similar incident had taken place in the university in August last year after a video of the indiscriminate and inhumane torture of the junior students by the seniors on the hostel premises went viral on social media.
The varsity authorities later debarred ten students from appearing in examinations for a period of one year and fined 52 hostel boarders with Rs 2,000 each.