| Police on the premises of Dhanwantari hostel after the clash in which a bike (circled) was damaged. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Some students of Patna Medical College thrashed an outsider over a minor dispute on Wednesday, in yet another chapter of indiscipline in the city by medics.
An FIR was lodged against the students at Pirbahore police station. The students, too, lodged an FIR against the youth. Sources said some residents were playing cricket in front of PMCH’s Dhanwantari hostel when the ball hit a hostel windowpane. This led to an argument after which both sides assaulted each other. A few people were injured.
Just five days ago, medics had bashed up an accountant at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS). Thereafter, IGIMS shut the college indefinitely and asked first, second and third year students to vacate the hostel.
“Medical students need to understand they have to live in society. If they beat up outsiders, it cannot be justified. There is a need to set up a local level peace committee in every medical college as this kind of incident is happening again and again,” said Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, president, state chapter, Indian Medical Association. He also said: “In today’s incident, boys from the locality were playing on the Patna Medical College premises. How can outsiders play on the grounds? There should be proper security.”
Rakesh Kumar, the president of the Junior Doctors’ Association and a post-graduate student at Patna Medical College, said the college administration had failed to provide security to hostel boarders.
“Not a single guard is deployed at the hostels (all on the campus). There is no one to stop outsiders’ intrusion. So, this kind of altercation is bound to happen.” He further said: “PMCH has enough manpower for security but they have been deployed in the hospital area and not in the hostels. There are six hostels but none of them have guards.”
Patna Medical College principal Amar Kant Jha Amar said: “Guards have been deployed at all hostels. But they have been deployed to ensure goats or animals don’t enter the hostel.”
PMCH superintendent Lakhendra Prasad said 280 people, including 80 retired army personnel, secure PMCH. The Telegraph team moved around PMC. Not a single security guard was found at the three hostels around 3.30pm.