Former Tanda medical college principal in Himachal suspended

Aman Satya Kachroo

Shimla: In compliance of Supreme Court orders, the Himachal government on Monday put Suresh Shankhyan, former principal of Rajender Prasad Medical College, Tanda under suspension for failing to contain ragging that led to the death of a first year student Aman Kachroo.

“Suresh Shankhyan, who was principal of RP Tanda medical college when the Aman Kachroo died, has been put under suspension,” said Rakesh Kanwar, additional secretary health Himachal government.

The official further said that after examining the inquiry report instituted by the state government, show cause notices had been issued to other wardens for failing to contain ragging in the medical college.

The 24 page report has pointed out that ragging was taking place in other hostels also but there was a communication gap between the wardens and the chief warden. The report holds that the hostel manager Deepak Verma and the chief warden, Ramesh Bharti prima facie were not guilty of negligence.

Joginder Singh, who was the security Guard on duty at the freshers’ hostel during the intervening night of 6-7 March, 2009 when Kachroo suffered fatal injuries, has been indicted in the inquiry for inaction on his part.

The inquiry found that there was a general acceptance of ragging in the institution, which included college authorities, faculty and students and no efforts to hold any counselling session for senior and junior students to do away with the practice was made.

Death of Aman Satya Kachroo on March 10 because of ragging by his seniors had caused a countrywide furore and the Supreme Court had suo-motto taken notice of the case.

The case which came up for hearing on Monday and the court asked for suspending the principal for failing to avert the death of the first year student at the hands of his seniors.

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