Kurnool: Despite numerous appeals against ragging by academic institutions, authorities and parents, the mal practice seems to be rampant and in some cases claiming lives. One such unfortunate incident has been reported from Kurnool Medical College.

It is learnt that a first year MBBS student was found hanging by the ceiling of his hostel room under suspicious circumstances on Thursday night. After preliminary treatment, he was later taken to a private hospital by hostel mates where he was declared dead.

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According to police, the deceased has been identified as Harsha Praneeth Reddy (20), a native of Kadapa. The boy's father, Ramanujulu Reddy has cited ragging and assault by seniors as the cause of his death while the college management has refuted the charges.

It is learnt that a couple of days ago, Praneeth Reddy had informed his father that it was impossble for him to study in the college due to ragging. On the fateful day, Praneet Reddy went to his room at 11.30 pm. Around midnight, one of his classmates went to his room to borrow some books, but the door was locked and there was no response despite repeated knocking, the police said.

The police said that the boy's hostel friends then broke open the door and found Praneeth Reddy hanging from the ceiling. Later he was declared dead by a private hospita. The police and college management were informed thereafter.

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Pointing out to the injuries on his son's body, Ramanujulu Reddy said that they were signs of physical torture during ragging. He also recalled about his son's complaint about ragging and how he had consoled him. He had even complained to college management couple of times, but they did not take it seriously, he remarked. Replying to the father's accusations, Kurnool Medical College principal G S Ramprasad refuted allegations of ragging in the college saying it was strictly banned.

The Kurnool police have booked a case of suspicious death and are investigating the case.