Ragging case: College student found dead in West Bengal, four seniors held

A day after a first year college student from Bihar was found dead near railway tracks here, police have arrested four students of a private engineering college on Sunday.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014, 20:51 PM IST

Kolkata: A day after a first year college student from Bihar was found dead near railway tracks here, police have arrested four students of a private engineering college on Sunday.

According to reports, the student was allegedly ragged and beaten-up by some of his seniors in his college.  

Meanwhile, some conflicting reports are coming in which says that the victim was murdered and the body was then thrown on railway tracks, whereas those arrested are claiming that the youth committed suicide.

As per the cops, the body of Akash Agarwal, a first-year student of B-Pharma was found near the railway tracks at the Uluberia station in Howrah in West Bengal on Friday.

His family members has lodged a police complaint suspecting foul play in his death and alleged that he was regularly ragged by senior students.

After receiving the complaint, police today called 10 senior students of the college at Uluberia for questioning.

After questioning them, four students were arrested on the charge of alleged ragging and abetment of suicide, police said.

All the four arrested students are B-Tech students of the institute, police said.

Police suspect that Akash was run over and killed by a train.

His family members had also lodged a complaint with the institute alleging that he was regularly ragged by the seniors, they said.

Yesterday, the college authorities initially denied there was any ragging but later suspended five seniors who were named by victim's friends as his tormenters.

(With Agency inputs)