The shattered glass of the corridor gate leading to the director’s chamber in Ranchi on Thursday. (Hardeep Singh)
The indefinite hunger strike by paramedical students threatened to spill out of control on Thursday as the protesters at Ranchi’s RIMS allegedly smashed a glass door on the corridor leading to the director’s cabin, whereas four took ill in Jamshedpur and had to be rushed to hospital.
The students are on a hunger strike to demand immediate appointment of teachers, specific classrooms and hostels, and affiliation to the Paramedical Council of India (PCI).
At RIMS, the entire chain of events was the result of a fasting student falling sick and the medical staff allegedly demanding money to conduct tests on him.
According to a protester, Amit Kumar, they got angry after one of the security guards manhandled a girl student, but denied breaking the glass door intentionally.
“One of the students, Arvind Gope, fell ill and was shifted to the general ward. Usually, we are not supposed to pay for treatment or pathology tests here. But Arvind was asked to pay Rs 400 for pathology tests. We were requesting the staff to waive the charges when a security guard pushed our friend, Tania Rani, who was injured,” Amit said.
He added that they went to the director to complain about the incident, but he was not ready to listen to them.
“Some students tried to get into the corridor forcibly to reach the cabin, which was opposed by the guards and in the melee that followed, the glass door broke,” Amit said.
RIMS director Tulsi Mahto, however, reiterated that they were not in a position to help the students.
“Last evening (Wednesday), the health minister’s representative had come to meet the students. They were told that a proposal was already in place for construction of a separate building for paramedical students. We have nothing to do with it. They are unnecessarily creating problems on the institute premises,” he said, adding that he was yet to take a call on seeking legal action.
In Jamshedpur, three paramedical students of MGM Medical College and Hospital, who are on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the district collectorate since Wednesday, had to be rushed to hospital. They are Mohammed Abdul Wahit (22), Sagar Samir (22) and Sima Kumari (20) and Mamta Kumari (21).