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RIMS director NN Aggarwal and special secretary (health) Nidhi Khare with district administration officials during a meeting.

Ranchi, March 26: The impasse after the imbroglio between RIMS students and villagers was resolved late this evening following a prolonged dialogue between the district administration, villagers and doctors.

Chaired by subdivisional officer Deepankar Panda, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences director N.N. Aggrawal, city superintendent of police Richard Lakra and deputy superintendent of police Ravi Shankar attended the meeting with a group of villagers headed by Antu Tirkey.

Members of Junior Doctors’ Association also attended the meeting.

The meeting resolved to take action against the “erring” medics, who have been already identified and named in the FIR.

Besides, police investigation into the matter will continue, too.

Panda said an amicable solution has been reached after talks with the villagers who promised not to take law in their hand on the RIMS premises, which includes hostel number one to five where junior doctors (PG students), undergraduate medical students (MBBS) and interns stay.

“Police action against the students would take its own time. But disciplinary action against them is expected by the RIMS administration at the earliest,” said Panda.

RIMS director Aggrawal said one of the demands of the villagers was to transfer the “erring” students to another medical college, which RIMS management has agreed in principle.

“Villagers have promised not to disturb any medics and help them in smooth running run of the medical services. I request all the students to return to the institute,” said Aggrawal.

Antu Tirkey, who also happens to be the Ranchi district president of youth wing of JMM, said: “We are in favour of smooth medical services at RIMS. Our fight is against the two doctors who were involved in the Friday brawl, which led to grave injuries to two villagers. The administration and RIMS management have promised to take necessary steps against them. Now, we appeal to the doctors to return and help normalise the health scenario in the medical institute.”

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