|RIMS students protest in Imphal on Saturday.
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Imphal, March 8: Post-graduate students of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here today shut the emergency services of the institute for three hours in protest against the “attempt on the life” on a lady doctor of the institute by unknown persons last night.
The incident sent shock waves and caused consternation among the medical community of the institute on the eve of International Women’s Day. Police said unknown persons fired at Dr Ng. Taruni Devi, a professor of the medicine department at the RIMS, while she was at her home-cum-private clinic at Uripok, barely half a kilometre from RIMS at 9pm last night.
Doctors today said Teruni Devi was out of danger. She is still undergoing treatment at the special ward of the RIMS.
Police said the assailants fired two rounds. While one bullet hit the wall of the clinic the other grazed her head.
“We heard two shots. We rushed out to see what had happened. Then someone inside the house-cum-clinic shouted that Taruni was hit. We do not know why anyone would target a doctor,” Indibhushan Singh, the doctor’s brother-in-law said.
Police said the attack could be linked to monetary demands by some militant group. Police are yet to take the statement of the doctor, as she was still not fit to answer questions. On hearing the news, doctors and students of the institute shut casualty services of the institute throughout the night. They briefly opened the casualty this morning and closed it again to hold a demonstration in front of the emergency service department of the institute from 10am to 1pm. Students protested holding placards denouncing the attack.
“We condemn the attack. It was an attempt to kill the doctor. Had the doctor been killed it would be a great loss not only for RIMS, but also for the entire state of Manipur as she is one of the best doctors here,” Salam Bitam, general secretary of the RIMS Post- Graduate Students Association said.
The demonstrators chanted, “We want justice” and “We are against gun culture.” They demanded that the culprits be arrested and brought to book.
The director of the institute S. Sekharjit and all sections of employees of the institute strongly condemned the “murderous attack.”
“Whatever differences there might be, it could have been cleared without resorting to violence. It is not acceptable that a lady professional who has pledged to serve the people is thus attacked,” a statement issued by L. Iboyaima, media advisor of the institute, said. Residents of Uripok also staged a sit-in near Taruni Devi’s clinic.