Four get bail in Aman Kachroo ragging case

Aman Kachroo died on March 08, 2009 to injuries sustained in ragging.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 10:17 AM IST

Dharamsala: A Himachal Pradesh court on Saturday granted bail to all the four students who have been accused of allegedly ragging a first-year medical student leading to his death last year.

"All the four accused students were granted bail by the fast-track court of Purinder Vidya as all the eyewitnesses in the case have been examined by the court," a lawyer appearing in the case said.

There were 71 witnesses in the case.

Aman Kachroo, 19, died on March 08, 2009, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by four final-year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda town in Kangra district.

The four students, Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma - accused of assaulting Kachroo - were arrested soon after the crime. They face murder charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

The state government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of Kachroo, which concluded he died to injuries sustained in ragging.

The inquiry report said many first-year students, including Kachroo, were subjected to intense physical ragging in the early hours on March 07.

"Kachroo collapsed and died due to injuries which the post-mortem report has linked to the incident of ragging," said the report, holding college principal Suresh Sankhyan responsible for the lapses.