The Telegraph
Wednesday , December 19 , 2012
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Tipplers take over govt hospital

- MGM a liquor den after 10pm, superintendent ignorant

Jamshedpur’s MGM Medical College and Hospital is the new free-for-all bar in town.

An abandoned room on the third floor of the hospital’s medical block has become the regular haunt of a bunch of liquor-swigging hoodlums, who also steal at will, while authorities believe ignorance is bliss.

The glaring lapse in security at the 450-bed government hospital came to the fore after copper valves fitted to overhead water tanks were stolen from two blocks.

Following a trusted tip-off, a team from The Telegraph went sniffing the liquor trail to MGM on Tuesday. Here’s what we saw and heard —

The den: A broken furniture and tattered mattress storeroom beside the lift that is never kept locked. Dozens of empty bottles of IMFL and plastic glasses completed the picture of debauchery as it did of apathy on the part of the MGM administration.

Home truths: A private security guard posted near the hospital gate claimed that every day, after 10pm, a gang of “dubious-looking” men sneak into the medical ward.

“They leave only past midnight. Most of them are rowdies and we never mustered courage to stop them from going up to the third floor and booze,” the guard said, not willing to be named.

He also admitted that they never drew the attention of the MGM administration, fearing reprisal. “The men not only drink on hospital premises, they also steal. They are the one that have dismantled the copper valves on the rooftop. They broke open the lock to the terrace door,” he added.

Authorityspeak: Hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad pleaded ignorance.

“Valves went missing from overhead tanks in the medical and surgical blocks. I lodged a complaint with Sakchi police today (Tuesday) because the theft has affected water supply to various wards. But, I am not aware of people drinking in the hospital,” he said.

Prasad promised to inspect the third floor room and take necessary action. “Such activities must be stopped or it will lead to more crime,” he added.

Lens on security: MGM boasts 30 private security guards who are expected to prevent intrusion of any kind at any time of the day. The reality is no secret.

Inspector Bijay Kumar of Sakchi thana recommend a permanent police picket on the hospital premises.

“MGM is an important hospital. A liquor den can lead to other crimes. A permanent police camp has become necessary and we will recommend the same,” the inspector said.

What should the authorities do to curb the tippler menace?