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RIMS releases rod-struck kid

Ranchi, March 27: Mehul Kumar, the two-and-a-half-year-old brought to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, with a 3-feet iron rod pierced through his stomach on March 11, was released from the hospital today.

Doctors at the RIMS were able to save him after a complicated surgery and extensive care. "The child was brought to us in a critical condition. And it was quite a battle for us to save him. You can say that he got a second life, that also gave a boost to our morale and of those who worked round the clock to ensure that his wounds healed properly. Now, he is perfectly safe and will be able to lead a normal life," said RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal.

Kumar had fallen from the roof of his maternal grandfather's two-storeyed house at Ekpatia Mohalla, Hazaribagh, while playing Holi. Before he fell, a 3-feet rod of 12mm diameter, jutting out of the first floor of the house, pierced his stomach. The boy fell with the rod embedded in him.

Mehul was rushed to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital, but doctors there expressed their inability to perform a surgery and referred him to the RIMS.

It was a challenge for the RIMS doctors to carry out an operation on Mehul, as the boy's organs where smaller than an adult's. Besides, the rod, which had pierced through layers of his stomach, the liver's right lobe and the pancreatic laceration, had damaged his skin muscle and part of the chest, besides causing abrasion in the gall bladder.

But after three-and-a-half- hours operation, a RIMS team finally succeeded in removing the rod. After the surgery, Mehul was kept him in the trauma centre for recovery.

Mehul, who will celebrate his third birthday on November 17, was seen playing on the hospital premises today while his father Arun Kumar Vishwakarma and relatives completed the formalities for his release.

After spending 15 days at the hospital, the kid is all the more excited to return home to his younger brother, who was born on March 19. Source:.telegraphindia.com

Surgery ends horror hours for 2-year-old

Ranchi/Hazaribagh, March 12: Little Mehul Kumar will never be able to forget this year's Holi. For, the child, who will be celebrating his third birthday on November 17, got a second life yesterday.

Chances of Mehul's survival became almost nil when he fell down from the second floor of his maternal grandfather's residence at Ekpatia Mohalla, Hazaribagh, while playing Holi and a rod pierced through his stomach. But, an extraordinary feat by the doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi and the unfailing courage of the boy saved him.

The incident is a reminder of Supratim Dutta's case. The youth had similarly been impaled by a 5 feel long iron bar that had pierced through his chest in New Delhi in July last year. Supratim was saved by the doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

In Mehul's case, a three-feet long rod of 12mm diameter jutting out from the first floor had pierced his stomach and came out from the other side. His uncle rushed him to Hazaribagh sadar hospital but the doctors referred him to RIMS. All this while, Mehul was in senses. He was brought to RIMS at 10.30am. A team of four doctors immediately decided to carry out an operation. The surgery started at 11am and doctors were finally able to remove the rod by 2pm.

Sandeep Agrawal, one of the doctors in the team, said: "The rod had entered from his side, damaging skin muscle and fossa of the chest. It had passed through four layers of his stomach, right lobe of liver, pancreatic laceration and had caused abrasion in gall bladder."

Agrawal praised the strong will and perseverance of the child. Source:telegraphindia.com

Govt orders magisterial probe into ragging death

Dharamsala, March 10: A magisterial probe was on Tuesday ordered by the Himachal Pradesh government into the shocking death of a teenaged medicine student after being allegedly ragged by his seniors who face charges of culpable homicide.

The magisterial inquiry will look in detail the cause of death of the student Aman Kachroo and also fix role and responsibility of the involved people in the unfortunate incident, Health Minister Rajeev Bindal said.

Based on the report of the probe and that of autopsy of the deceased student, stern action would be taken, he said.

A new Principal would also be appointed in Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, where the incident took place, today itself replacing Suresh Sankhayan, who has offered to resign in the wake of the shocking incident, Principal Secretary, Health Deepak Sanan said.

19-year-old Kachroo, who passed out of DPS International in Delhi and was a resident of Gurgaon, had died on Sunday night in a hospital in Tanda due to severe injuries suffered allegedly during ragging by four of his seniors.

While two second year students Ajay Kumar Verma and Naveen Verma have already been arrested, police is on the look out for two absconding students -- Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma -- named in the case registered under section 304 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) with Kangra police station, Superintendent of Police of Kangra district Atul Kumar Fulzule said.

They have been also booked under the anti-ragging ordinance. Source:zeenews.com

Ragging death: Four charged with murder

Shimla, March 11 (IANS) Four students of a medical college in Himachal Pradesh arrested for allegedly beating to death a junior in the name of ragging have been slapped with murder charges, police said Wednesday.

Aman Kachru, 19, died Sunday after being ragged by four final year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda town, 20 km from Kangra. All the four students have been sent to police custody, Kangra Superintendent of Police Atul Kumar Fulzele told IANS.

Fulzele said Mukul Sharma and Abhinav Verma, who surrendered in a court in Dharamsala Tuesday, will be questioned till March 16. The other two - Ajay Verma and Naveen Verma - will be questioned till Friday.

According to the police officer, one of the prime suspects is the son of a senior faculty member.

"The autopsy report says head injury is the main cause of the death," Fulzele said.

He said no case had been registered against college authorities. "If some lapses on the part of the college management come to light, a case will be registered against the college authorities too," he said.

Meanwhile, college principal Suresh Sankhyan, who resigned Monday, has been replaced by Anil Chauhan, head of the department of ophthalmology, Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Rajeev Bindal said.

Bindal said a magisterial inquiry had been ordered to find out if the college failed to prevent the ragging. "Once the report comes, action will be taken against erring officials if any," he said.

"At this point it's difficult to comment on the negligence of college authorities in checking sadistic acts on the campus and delay in providing treatment to the victim," the minister said.Source:thaindian.com

Medical student killed in ragging

10 Mar 2009:

DHARAMSALA: A Delhi Public School student who had taken admission in a medical school in Himachal Pradesh last year met with a horrible death at the
Aman Kachroo
Aman Kachroo had repeatedly complained to his parents about the brutal ragging.
hands of seniors who are training to be doctors.

Aman Kachroo (19), who passed out of DPS International in Saket and enrolled at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, in Kangra last August had repeatedly complained to his parents about the brutal ragging that took place on campus — often by completely drunk third-year students.

On Friday night and Saturday morning, the boy was beaten so badly that he died.

"Aman used to tell us about ragging but we never thought that it was so serious. The first-year students had complained to the college administration recently, but despite that, no steps were taken to stop ragging. We've lost our son, but many others can be saved if timely steps are taken," his aunt Indira Dhar said on Monday. She said the body was being brought to Gurgaon where the parents have been living since the family moved back to India from Tanzania. Aman's father is still a visiting faculty at the Dar-es-Salaam University.

Indira Dhar alleged that due to severe beatings at the hands of senior students, Aman sustained grievous injuries on his chest, ears and face. The hostel manager had asked the students to file a written complaint, but even then no action was taken.

That the faculty and college administration had looked away from the campus brutality was obvious. But even after the death was reported, administrators tried to pass off the death as a suicide. Only after the matter blew up and cops got involved, the principal, as a token gesture, rusticated four students suspected to be involved in the ragging.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that the victim was under extreme stress following the ragging by third-year students and had collapsed on Sunday. We were informed of the incident around 9.30 pm," Kangra SP Atul Fulelzele said. That implies that the college authorities did not call the cops for nearly an entire day after Aman died.

Virkin Dhar, the victim's cousin, said he had told her that senior students used to rag juniors after getting drunk and the same thing happened on Saturday night, when they physical assaulted freshers. "We have come to know that senior students had punched and slapped Aman, inflicting internal injuries that proved to be fatal," she said.

Himachal Pradesh government suspended the hostel warden and manager after the death became public. Terming it as an unfortunate incident, state health minister Rajiv Bindal said, "Strict action would be initiated against students who were involved in it. Police are looking into the matter and well ensure total transparency in the proceedings. An autopsy was done in-camera and in the presence of a lawyer.

According to Times Now, two senior medical college students have been arrested and the principal of the college has resigned. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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