Ranchi, Feb. 19: The 10 students of Cambridge Institute of Technology (CIT) against whom FIRs were lodged yesterday for ragging and beating up juniors were actually trying to protect their classmates against eve-teasing.
The fact came to light this afternoon when 25 girls of the 2007 batch turned up before investigating officer sub-inspector (SI) Ram Raj Singh and told him how their juniors — Jivesh Kumar and Vikas Kumar — had made vulgar passes at them on Tuesday.
"We were coming out of the examination hall at Suraj Singh Memorial College when they made vulgar comments. First, we ignored them, but later had to inform our hostel superintendent," one of the girls said. She, however, clarified that they had not instigated any of their classmates to beat up the juniors.
Singh had today visited the campus to investigate the matter along with officer in charge of Tatisilwai Bipin Kumar Singh. When the eve-teasing angle was revealed, CIT chairman Bahadur Singh and principal A. Bhattacharya said they were unaware.
The college has already issued transfer certificates to all 10 students involved in case. The institute chairman said they were punished as their names had appeared in a ragging FIR.
"If the allegation of eve-teasing is found to be true, action will also be taken against Jivesh and Vikas," he said.
The students against whom transfer certificates have been issued could not be contacted for comments.
SI Singh said seven of the 10 were arrested, but later released on personal bond as the FIR was lodged under bailable sections — 147 (rioting), 342 (unlawful confinement) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). "We do not have any idea where they went after being released," he said.source