Palampur ragging case: Four sentenced to 7-yr RI

Seven years after government college student Amit Thakur was stabbed to death while preventing the ragging of juniors, a local court has sentenced four youths to seven years rigorous imprisonment.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 12:51 PM IST

Dharamsala (HP): Seven years after
government college student Amit Thakur was stabbed to death
while preventing the ragging of juniors, a local court has
sentenced four youths to seven years rigorous imprisonment.

Additional and District Judge, Dharamsala, Rajiv
Bhardwaj Monday held Vikas Chouhan, Sachin Pal, Sourav Sood
and his brother Gourav Sood guilty in the case.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on the
convicts.

The case of the 5th accused Sanjeev Sharma, who was a
minor at the time of incident, has been transferred to a
juvenile court.

Amit was attacked outside the Government Degree
College, Palampur, 35 kms from here, on August 20, 2003 when
he asked the accused to them to stop the ragging of junior
students. He died at a hospital in Ludhiana later.

As the Anti-Ragging Act was not framed at the time of
the incident, the accused were charged under Section 304(2)
and Section 34 of the IPC, which amounts to culpable homicide
not tantamount to murder.

Reacting to the court`s verdict, the victim`s father
Ravinder Thakur, said, "It is only partial justice that I have
received, I will continue the legal battle as I have full
faith in the judiciary."

PTI