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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Mangaluru: Lorry owners responsible for transporting goods from the New Mangalore Port have declared their intention to initiate a strike beginning on Friday, September 29. Their demands include an increase in lorry rental rates, among other requests.

Efforts to mediate between the lorry owners' association and transporters were led by senior police officers during a conciliatory meeting held at the Panambur ACP's office on Wednesday. However, these efforts failed to bridge the gap between the two parties, leading the lorry owners to confirm their plans for a protest starting on Friday.

Sushanth Shetty, the President of the lorry owners' association, expressed their dissatisfaction, stating, "The rent for the lorries has not been hiked as we had demanded. A hike of Rs 100 a ton from the current rental rate does not suffice. We will, therefore, hold a protest for an indefinite period, till our demands are met."