GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Police today arrested nine students of Assam Engineering College (AEC) on charges of vandalism and causing injuries to a number of people at a wedding venue at Jalukbari locality late last night. They have been remanded to two days police custody.Police said that a group of unruly students, some of them in inebriated condition, beat up those attending the marriage ceremony of Kanjushri Baruah and Biswajit Das, near ASEB campus at Jalukbari, and even ransacked the marriage pandal, besides smashing window panes of vehicles parked outside.
Eyewitnesses said that the students, armed with sticks and sharp weapons, started abusing one and all. They even snatched a gold chain from one of the persons attending the wedding.
The arrested students claimed that two students of the college were initially beaten up by some persons attending the marriage, who soon disappeared into the pandal where the marriage ceremony was taking place.
The arrested students are: Gautam Mayong, Diganta Nath, Manash Baishya, Mrinmoy Chakrabarty, Manas Sarma, Hirak Jyoti Nath, Sivam Karmakar, Subham Kalita and Harsajit Sarma, all borders of Hostel No. 1 of the AEC.
Commissioner of Guwahati Police Hiren Nath, who visited the spot this morning, said that investigation into the case has begun and the accused students have been booked under relevant Sections of the IPC. He, however, said that the college authorities cannot shy away from their responsibility and should have taken better measures to restrict the movement of students late at night.
A case was registered with the Jalukbari Police Station under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Dr Atul Bora, Principal of the AEC, when contacted, said, It indeed is an unfortunate incident. The students should not have violated the rules of the institute by venturing out at night. It was uncalled for and the college authority extends apology to the family in this regard.
As far as disciplinary action against the students is concerned, we are going to take a call on this by tomorrow, Dr Bora added.
Source : http://assamtribune.com