Authorities of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Warangal on Friday expelled five students and suspended two others, after a violent clash between two groups on campus.
The action was taken after an inquiry committee report was submitted on the clash on March 11, when a final-year B Tech student, was stabbed with a knife and severely injured, during the institute's annual cultural fest.
The two suspended students have been barred from the campus for a period of two years.
"The students were found guilty under sub section (iii) of section four of Studentsâ€™ conduct and disciplinary code annexed to PG (Science and Management) rules and regulations of the institute. This punishment is in addition to the criminal proceedings already initiated against them. Apart from this, the institute campus, including Academic, Administrative and Hostel areas, is declared out of bounds for the students against whom disciplinary action has been taken,â€ť the Registrar was quoted as saying.
The seven students were also charged with attempt to murder. The student who sustained the injuries is reported to be undergoing treatment in a private hospital.
â€śI had warned the accused and the victim to be calm. Though we were busy supervising the Spings Spree cultural fest, we tried to pacify both the parties. But unfortunately, the incident happened,â€ť Dean, Student Affairs, Professor L Ramgopal Reddy, earlier said.
A day after the incident was brought to their notice, the Kazipet police arrested six of the seven students involved in the attack who were sent to judicial custody.
While the motive behind the stabbing is yet to be established, the police suspect that it could be related to rivalry that rose during the Students Council elections held in August 2017.
This is not the first time that students of the institute have had a brush with the law.
In August last year, officials of the Telangana Excise department nabbed two final year students pursuing their BTech at the NIT and seized five blots of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) from them.