A minor clash between students of government-run MGM Medical College and local shopkeepers at Dimna Chowk on Tuesday night snowballed into a major showdown on Wednesday morning when a mob locked the cradle gate to protest against the alleged high-handedness of a section of medicos.
A group of protesters also demonstrated in front of the medical college, demanding that the MGM administration take action against those students involved in Tuesday’s incident.
The protesters alleged that the students had ransacked local shops and pelted stones at cars randomly after two of their fellow batchmates were beaten up.
The protesters opened the college gate after MGM thana OC Shankar Thakur assured them that the police had already started a probe and would soon arrest those involved in the violence. “We have already taken two medical students into custody and are scrutinising the video footage of last night’s violence. If we find clear involvement, we will arrest the guilty,” DSP Amit Singh told The Telegraph.
DSP Singh added that the trouble started brewing during a cricket match between students of the medical college and those of RVS Engineering College.
“During the match, there was an altercation between medical and engineering students. It was, however, settled after some local youths intervened. Later in the evening, when two medical students had gone for a cup of tea at a roadside shop near Ashiana Enclave, they were assaulted by the local boys. The duo then returned to their hostel, but only to gather force for a counter attack.
“The group of medical students came back to Ashiana Enclave to look for the attackers. When they could not find them, the students marched up to Dimna Chowk and started ransacking shops and attacking vehicles,” said Singh.
MGM Medical College principal A.N. Mishra said, “Police have detained two students. I hope it is a preventive measure.”
Meanwhile, a team of Jamshedpur chapter of Indian Medical Association went to MGM police station to demand the release of the two students on Wednesday afternoon.