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RIMS doc in double trouble

Ranchi, May 25: RIMS, in the news for its alumnus-turned-intern Dr Azaz Hashmi’s alleged friendship with Patna blast suspect Haider Ali, maintained its studied silence on the related NIA grilling but announced it would probe how the medico could work in another hospital.

RIMS director Dr Tulsi Mahto, at a news meet today, said they would initiate an inquiry on how Hashmi worked in Apollo Hospitals when he was already an intern at the state-run institution.

Hashmi was picked up by NIA sleuths for questioning on May 22 from the Irba-based Abdur Razzaque Ansari Memorial Weaver’s Hospital, associated with Apollo Hospitals, after a raid at his Bariatu hostel room yielded Haider’s laptop and certain suspicious items.

Prodded on NIA’s interrogation of Hashmi, Mahto refused to comment.

“I would not like to ask him (Hashmi) anything in connection to NIA. But the institute (RIMS) has the right to ask him about his whereabouts once it has been established that he was working at two places,” Mahto said.

Coming down heavily on irregularities, RIMS director also announced they cancelled the enrolment of three MBBS students on grounds of identity impersonation and decided to file FIRs against the trio.

In 2006, Mithilesh Kumar Choudhary and Satyendra Kumar Niraj of Giridih and Palamau were admitted to the MBBS course, while Bihar-based Rajiv Saxena enrolled in 2007.

But, authorities of RIMS medical college, which falls under Ranchi University, saw a visible difference between the trio’s photographs on joint entrance admit cards and varsity forms of MBBS first-year exam. In 2011, a probe committee tabled its findings that impersonators answered entrance exams on behalf of Mithilesh, Satyendra and Rajiv.

Drawing attention to a welcome development, Mahto said RIMS got a licence from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board for its linear accelerator, oncology wing, enabling them to conduct radiotherapy on cancer patients. The institute also appointed two technicians to operate the machine.


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