The four youths who were convicted of ragging medical student Aman Kachroo to death in a Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital in Tanda are out of the jail before completing the four-year rigorous imprisonment punishment awarded to them. Their release three days ago was facilitated because of an apparent U-turn by the state government.

The decision to release them came even while the government’s petition for enhancement of their sentence was pending before the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The seven-month waiver to the convicts has led to protests by sympathisers of Aman, who died March 8, 2009, after he was ragged by four drunken seniors.

The decision drew sharp criticism from Aman Kachroo’s father, Rajendar Kachroo. He termed the release of these guilty youth as a fatal blow to the nation’s fight against ragging.