Kanpur, Oct 10: The Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur has suspended 22 second-year B.Tech students for ragging their juniors. A total of 16 students have been suspended for a period of three years and six students for one year. The suspended students will resume their studies only after they complete their suspension period.

The decision was taken in the presence of the director Professor Indranil Manna and deputy director Professor Manindra Agarwal, TOI reported. However, the two decided not to file police complaints against students as that would have jeopardised their future prospects. (Also Read: Galgotias University First Year B.Tech Student Commits Suicide)

A few first-year students filed a mass complaint in August 2017 against 22 students of IIT Kanpur for ragging them. The students accused their seniors of forcing them to strip. The probe committee found the charges to be true and recommended suspension of all 22 students. The Senate, in a meeting on Sep 21 and 22, had accepted the recommendations. (Also Read: Ragging must be eliminated from campuses: Javadekar)

On August 19 and 20, junior students alleged that they were bullied and abused by a few seniors. The accused students have been asked to vacate their hostel rooms and leave the campus. “These students will not be allowed to stay on campus and can resume studies when their suspension ends. The decision taken today would send a strong message to students to say no to ragging and maintain decorum,” IIT-Kanpur Professor Manindra Agarwal was quoted as saying by TOI.