Anonymous hostel mate claims Amr Bin Javed fell victim to ragging by seniors; both police and army deny allegation
After the "accidental death" of Amr Bin Javed (18), a boarder at the Southern Command Boys Hostel in Ghorpadi, on January 22, his anonymous hostel mate has appealed for justice to his friend who was alleged ragged to death by their seniors.
Deadly dip: The lake where Amr Bin Javed drowned in Lohegaon on
January 22. It is also knows as Death Lake in the area. Pic/Krunal Gosavi
In an undisclosed letter written to an anti-ragging website -- the URL of the site has been withheld on request -- the student has claimed that Amr died under suspicious circumstances during a trip organised by seniors in Lohegaon on January 22.
He has also alleged that the juniors were ordered to swim in dirty muddy lake, which is also known as Death Lake. According to the police, Amr had gone for swimming along with his 10 other friends when this incident took place. The deceased was a BCom first year student at a private college on Ganeshkhind Road.
Amr's sister Sana Javed Iqbal told MiD DAY over the phone from Meerut that her brother was a "good swimmer" and that they learnt swimming together. Sana added that her parents were still in a state of shock. "I don't know what case the police have registered and whether my brother was ragged," she added.
Amr's anonymous friend stated in his post saying, "I am staying at Southern Command Boys Hostel, Pune. On January 22, 2012, a boy died under suspicious circumstances at a power trip organised by seniors where all juniors were ordered to swim in a dirty and muddy lake near the airport. The lake is infamously called 'death lake' or 'suicide lake'. Police and army authorities, who run the hostel, have hushed up the matter and termed it an accident. Ragging is rampant and a way of life in this Army-run hostel."
Assistant Police Inspector Nitin Hengade, who investigated the case, admitted that the abandoned stone quarry, which eventually turned into a lake, was indeed muddy. But he maintained that they did not stumble upon any evidence hinting of ragging during the investigation.
Henagade, however, added that if the deceased's parents approach them, they would do the needful.
DCP Sanjay Jadhav (Zone IV) said, "Soon after the incident, the boy's father and the army had released a statement stating that the death was accidental. So there is no reason to suspect. Besides, boys who were present there had taken a video clipping of the whole incident. Nothing pointed out a foul play."
Reports of ragging of late Amr Bin Javed, son of Col Javed Iqbal, on January 22 is false and malicious. The army authorities have carried out an internal investigation headed by a colonel. It has been established that 28 boys voluntarily went for a picnic on motorcycles to a lake near Viman Nagar. Police investigation has also substantiated the army's claim. A video clip of the incident available with the army authorities is have been provided to the police.