Three months after a 22-year-old undergraduate student, Naveen Kujur, was brutally ragged by his seniors causing a critical knee injury, the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) has failed to identify the accused persons despite the university carrying out an “internal inquiry”.
Officials of SPA claimed that the inquiry was “unsuccessful” as the complainant had not provided any names of the accused persons. Incidentally, the institution had earlier cited the same inquiry as the reason for delaying registration of an FIR.
Speaking to Newsline over phone, SPA Director Chetan Vaidya said, “No names were given to us. So, we have not been able to identify the accused students. The first-year students subjected to ragging might be apprehensive about coming forward and speaking to authorities about the incident. We have 400 students studying here, so taking action without being sure of the identity of the accused is not appropriate.”
Kujur, however, said he has given a few names to the college authorities and will be able to identify all the accused when he meets them face-to-face.
The incident, he said, had happened soon after they joined college. So, he does not know the names of certain accused persons but recognises them by their faces.
“One of my friends also told college authorities about who had ragged us, but he is there in the college and I don’t want to get him into trouble,” Kujur said. The hostel, located in New Friends Colony in Southeast Delhi, reportedly houses 20 faculty members and 50 administrative staff members, apart from students.
“The complainant should have at least informed one of them about the incident before he left for Ranchi. We got to know about the ragging only after we received a fax from his father,” Vaidya said.
On Kujur being prohibited from appearing in first-year exams due to shortage of attendance, Vaidya said the college could have “taken up” the matter with higher authorities and sorted it out if Kujur had informed them about the incident.
“He went straight to the Jharkhand High Court and did not give us a chance to help him,” he said.
SPA officials also feel that Kujur may have suffered a prior injury that led to his permanent knee damage. “We are not sure. But we feel he might have already had an injury to that knee. However, that does not justify the ragging,” Vaidya said. He said the