Friday, June 14, 2024

Bihar: Protest erupts after college student beaten to death in Patna

An incident of campus violence has sent shockwaves through Patna, as a 22-year-old student who was on his way to take an exam, was brutally beaten to death by a group of masked assailants armed with sticks and bricks.

The deceased has been identified as Harsh Raj, a third-year Vocational English student at Patna’s BN College. According to Bharat Soni, City SP (East), Raj was attacked by 10-15 masked men when he went to Sultanganj Law College on Monday to appear for an exam. After the vicious assault, Raj’s friends rushed him to the PMCH emergency ward, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

In a significant development, police have arrested Chandan Kumar, a student from Patna College, in connection with the murder. Kumar reportedly confessed that the attack was a fallout of a clash between two groups of Patna University students during a college event in August last year.

Soni stated that while there is no CCTV footage of the incident, the police have accessed videos shot by eyewitnesses present at the scene. He revealed that the victim was not only beaten with sticks but also assaulted with bricks.

“Our technical team and officials from nearby police stations, as well as ASP (City), are looking into the case. Based on the evidence, action will be taken,” Soni assured.

Harsh’s father, Ajit Kumar, hinted at a possible motive behind the attack, stating that his son had been preparing for the upcoming Patna University Students’ Union polls and was tense about it. He also mentioned a scuffle that had occurred during a college event in August last year, which may have been the trigger for Monday’s incident. 

Political Reactions and Demands for Justice

The brutal murder has sparked outrage and protests from various quarters, with demands for swift justice and an end to campus violence.

Bihar’s Rural Works Department Minister Ashok Choudhary condemned the “barbaric act” and vowed that the culprits would be arrested soon and not spared. “The news of the murder of Harsh, a promising student of BN College, is extremely sad. I am in touch with the local administration regarding this, and the culprits will be arrested as soon as possible. They will not be spared. We stand with the bereaved family in this hour of grief,” Choudhary wrote on X.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav criticized the ruling NDA government, alleging a deterioration of law and order in the state. “They have no control on governance,” Yadav said, referring to the state administration.


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