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Ranchi, April 6: Continuing with their protest, the students and junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today appealed to people to come forward in their support.

Vice-president of Junior Doctors’ Association Dr Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar said that the agitation would continue till students received a written word for their safeguard.

The spokesperson of the students, Alok Kumar, confirmed the fact saying that the agitation would be intensified from tomorrow. “All are worried after the MCI asked our dean, S.N. Choudhary, to discharge us from RIMS and send a compliance report,” he added.

Choudhary, an ex-officio member of MCI responsible for looking after the academic activities of RIMS, refused to comment on the issue when contacted over telephone this afternoon. Sources, however, said that Choudhary was in a state of confusion.

“He is in a Catch-22 situation. In case Choudhary does not discharge students as per the direction of MCI, there might be trouble in future. And if he discharges students following the guideline of MCI, the future of innocent students will be at stake. Though RIMS director and the state government have stood by the students, so far none of them have succeeded in procuring any document either from the Centre or MCI, which safeguards the students,” a RIMS official said.

The agitation of RIMS’s students and junior doctors, which entered the seventh day today, has adversely affected the academic atmosphere of the RIMS as the students are bunking classes and staging dharna at the emergency unit of the institute. Similar is the situation at RIMS hostels, where they were heard discussing the implications of the Medical Council of India’s (MCI’s) letter.

Union food processing minister Subodh Kant Sahay, meanwhile, assured all co-operation to the students. Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi is camping in Delhi to end the crisis.

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