Police institutes inquiry about illegal confinement of Himachal Pradesh University student

Shimla: District police have instituted an inquiry into allegations of illegal confinement of a university student in judicial custody for ten days at Kaithu jail with, reportedly, his name neither figuring in the FIR nor the accompanying police report.

RM Sharma, district police superintendent said, “DySP Ashok Sharma has been appointed the inquiry officer to verify the antecedents of the claims being made about wrongful confinement of one student named Ramesh Kumar.”

“As per our records, a student named Rakesh Kumar was detained for violence at Himachal Pradesh University on July 14. This is the name that is entered in the FIR and in the court records, said Sharma.

On the other hand Students Federation of India (SFI) say that Ramesh Kumar, a MA Sanskrit student was kept in illegal confinement despite his name neither appearing in any FIR or the police report.

Mahinder Rana secretary SFI and Surender Verma, president SFI have sought suspension of the district police chief for wrongful confinement of the student whose name does not figure in any FIR.

The 13 students arrested for campus violence on July 14 were produced in court and granted bail. However, the police soon after re-arrested 5 students on charges of assaulting and obstructing a policeman from performing his duty the day when SFI and ABVP students clashed on the campus.

Elsewhere, SFI activists from HPU and colleges of Shimla marched to the Raj Bhavan and presented a memorandum to Governor Prabha Rau, who is also the chancellor of the university.

The protesting students complained to the chancellor about an alleged partisan attitude of the police in dealing with the violent incident saying that whereas 13 SFI members were arrested and slapped serious charges but the violent actions of ABVP members were overlooked and no student from that outfit has been booked.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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