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Pic: Police chase away rampaging locals in Ranchi on Saturday.

Ranchi, Dec. 27, 2008: Several people sustained injuries in clashes after a doctor's car allegedly hit a motorcycle at the main-gate of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), too, were badly hit today.

Over 65 medicos, 12 policemen and five pedestrians sustained injuries in the scuffle. Traffic movement on Bariatu Road remained disrupted for over two hours. Emergency and OPD services at RIMS, too, were badly hit.

The clashes began around 10.30am and continued till 2pm. First the motorcyclist, Mohammed Naseen Akhtar, thrashed the doctor Dharmendra Mohan Prasad, who was driving the car. When the medicos saw that their senior was being assaulted, they rushed to his rescue.

Consequently, over 500 residents of Bariatu Bustee, led by a ward councillor of the locality, Javed Akhtar, arrived at RIMS and pelted stones on the medicos and the hospital building.

Of the 82 people injured, seven are still undergoing treatment at RIMS and other nursing homes. The remaining were released after being administered first-aid. Among the policemen injured were deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan, city inspector Mohammed Nehal and Bariatu police station officer in-charge Md Waquar Hussain.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal said an FIR would be lodged in the Bariatu police station soon. "The injured students would lodge separate FIRs while the RIMS management and the canteen will lodge a separate FIR," he said. Sources said that the motorcycle victim had lodged an FIR against the doctor at Bariatu.

DSP Paswan said FIRs would be lodged against those who had taken law into their hands. A company of district armed forces under the control of nine magistrates has been deputed at RIMS and students have been directed to remain inside their hostels. Source:telegraphindia

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