WB: Engg students harassed, abused and ragged on facebook

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Kolkata, Aug 3: Two students from reputed engineering college were allegedly ragged by their seniors, said a varsity official.

The Vice-Chancellor, Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur, Howrah district received a complaint from the Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad(TMCP) after the two first year students said that they were harassed, abused and ragged by their seniors.

"Last night, we received a complaint from Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad president Shankudeb Panda that two first-year students were ragged by senior students of our institute on Facebook. We have formed a committee comprising three professors to investigate the matter," said Biman Bandopadhyay, BESU registrar.

He further said that they also got copies of conversations that were posted on the social networking site.

"We have seen the copies of the Facebook conversations. Now the question is, if they were ragged then what stopped them from approaching the university authorities.

"And on Facebook, you can also find many false accounts and after joining the institute on July 25, how come the first-year students accepted friend request from senior students within five-six days," said Bandopadhyay.

A inquiry into the matter has been ordered by Bratya Basu, state Higher Education Minister after he called up the university vice chancellor.

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