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Eerie silence and clamour in cradles IGIMS closes in clash fallout

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) has been closed sine die following an altercation between a non-teaching employee and some medics on Thursday.

IGIMS medical superintendent S.K. Shahi said on Friday: “The college has been closed.”

When confronted why the college was closed now that the month-long vacation was going to start from May 15, he said: “Can’t it be closed few days earlier?”

On Thursday, an MBBS Part-II student had approached accountant Sudama for a personal work but the latter refused to oblige, triggering an altercation. Sudama allegedly beat up the student in his chamber. In retaliation, the student and his friends also beat up Sudama.

The IGIMS administration had ordered its first-, second- and third-year MBBS students to vacate their hostels before Thursday midnight following the clash. Shahi said 80 to 90 per cent students abided by the college administration’s order to vacate the hostel before Thursday midnight. Shahi added: “The accountant is in intensive care unit with stomach injuries and the accused is spreading rumour that he suffered injuries. They (students) all are lying.”

Rajeev Ranjan, an MBBS Part-III student of the college and the vice-president of Indian Medical Students’ Association, said: “The college closure cannot be justified in any sense. Sudama first beat up the student, who received bruises.”

On being asked if any FIR had been lodged against Sudama, he said no. The college authorities have filed an FIR in the incident.

Medical superintendent Shahi said police personnel are still camping on the IGIMS campus for security. Shashtri Nagar police station in-charge Ramesh Prasad Singh said: “Though the IGIMS authorities have filed a written complaint in this connection, they have not provided names, which is hindering the probe. How can I arrest or detain any student merely on the basis of suspicion? Neither the college administration nor the employee concerned has named any student so far. The role of the police is to bring the situation under control, not to disturb the law and order by arresting any innocent student. We are camping on the campus for safety purposes, while investigations are on.”


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