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Night brawl puts Rims on boil

Students leave the Rims campus after the institute authorities cancelled all classes and shut down three hostels following clashes between two groups.

Ranchi, July 5: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) turned into a battlefield late last night as two groups of students clashed for “supremacy” on the campus. At least six medicos were injured in the clash that continued till early this morning.

Following this, the Rims authorities declared all undergraduate hostels closed sine die. All MBBS classes have been cancelled for an indefinite period.

Eyewitnesses said the immediate provocation was the assault on a student, Anupam Kishore, who was beaten up by a rival group in the evening. Around 11 pm, the two groups clashed.

A student of hostel number 3 said: “I was studying in my room when I heard noises outside. About 100 students had gathered in front of hostel number 1. They were armed with hockey sticks, rods and chains.”

“They entered hostels number 1, 2 and 3 and went on a rampage, damaging property,” said a student of hostel number 3.

Immediately after the clashes broke out, Rims director Alok Kumar Dubey rushed to the spot and tried to control the situation in vain. The students claimed the clashes continued till 4 am. They alleged that though police personnel and Rapid Action Force jawans were present near the gate they did not react.

However, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Vinay Kumar Sinku said the matter was “resolved” soon with the intervention of the director. “I got a call from senior superintendent of police M.V. Rao at 1 am who told me about the incident and asked me to go there. I rushed to the spot immediately and stayed there till 4 am. But the matter was resolved by the time I reached there,” he claimed.

This morning, the director issued an order, copies of which were pasted in all the three hostels. “In view of the riot and hooliganism of yesterday night in hostels number 1 & 3, all undergraduate classes of MBBS are cancelled till further orders. All residents of hostels number 1, 2 and 3 are ordered to vacate their rooms along with their luggage latest by 2 pm today,” the order said. “The exact date of commencement of classes will be announced through newspapers.”
Rims officer-on-special duty D.K. Jha said the administration has set up an inquiry committee consisting five heads of department — A.K. Verma, S.M. Haider, A.K. Mahto, Tulsi Mahto and Janardan Sharma — to probe into the matter. “The committee has suggested that the matter needs a thorough probe. The report has been submitted to the civil administration,” he said.
Jha said the Rims authorities have taken the issue seriously. “We will not let it happen in future again. Therefore, we have taken this strict action of vacating the hostels. We have given full authority to the civil administration to deal with the situation. We have informed all the senior officials including chief secretary Laxmi Singh, who is also the chairperson of Rims governing body,” Jha added.

No FIR has been lodged by Rims in this connection. Jha said since the civil administration has been given full authority to deal with the situation there was no need to lodge the FIR. However, Kishore, who was beaten up early in the evening, has lodged an FIR with the Bariatu police station.

Of those injured in the clash, three are undergoing treatment at Rims itself. While Ajit and Santosh have been admitted to the neurosurgery ward, Ravi Shankar is being treated in surgery ward.


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