Warangal, Telangana (PTI): The Warangal police have filed cases against seven MBBS students studying in government run Kakatiya Medical College for allegedly ragging and thrashing a junior student.

The seniors are in the third year while the junior is in the second year, and the incident took place on September 14. Based on the complaint lodged by the student, police have registered a case.

This is the second such incident in the state within a month after the authorities of Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad suspended 10 students for allegedly indulging in ragging juniors.

Mattewada Police Inspector N Venkathewerlu on Monday said notices have been served to the students involved in the ragging.

He said the second year student, a resident of Rajasthan, was asked by the seniors to bring water. When he refused, he was allegedly thrashed by them.

"The seniors allegedly went to his room and thrashed him," the police official said.

The police said the seven KMC students were booked under relevant Sections of the IPC and also under the Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997.

When contacted KMC Principal Dr Divvela Mohandas told PTI that the anti-ragging committee of the college will meet on Tuesday and the future course of action would depend on the outcome of the meeting.

On September 11, 10 MBBS students of state-run Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad were suspended for one year, for allegedly ragging their juniors.

The suspension orders were issued after the anti-ragging committee took a decision to this effect following an inquiry which found them to be "indulging in ragging" over the past few days, officials had said.

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Madikeri: The Kodagu district administration has implemented a nighttime ban on vehicular movement along the NH 275 section of Sampaje Ghat, connecting Sampaje to Madikeri, amid fears of potential landslides. The restriction, effective from Thursday, prohibits travel between 8 PM and 6 AM.

This precautionary measure was enacted following a report from the Assistant Executive Engineer of the National Highways Authority of India, Madikeri Sub-Division, highlighting the risk of the hillside near Kartoji on the highway collapsing due to persistent heavy rain. As a result, the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Venkat Raja issued the order to restrict traffic.

The movement restriction applies to all vehicles except those used by officers and personnel involved in emergency services and natural calamity-related tasks.

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The Sampaje Ghat section is a vital route for travelers heading to Madikeri, Mysuru, Bengaluru, and Ooty, and it also serves as an alternative path when the Shirady Ghat is closed due to landslides. With the recent landslide near Maranahalli, traffic on the Shirady Ghat section is also banned, adding to the urgency of the situation.

Deputy Commissioner Venkat Raja has advised travelers heading to Mysuru and Bengaluru via Madikeri to use the Charmadi Ghat-Kottigehara route as an alternative.

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