Controversial death of medical student at RIMS hostel triggers protest

Death of one MBBS student inside his hostel room at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) premises in Imphal triggered a protest on Tuesday.

Locals, relatives of the deceased medical students and members of some students’ bodies tried to storm the administrative block of RIMS even as they demanded a probe into the death by the authorities of RIMS as well as the state government.

Reports said that MBBS fifth semester student identified as Sanaton Athokpam (22), son of Tikendra of Khurai Thangjam Leikai in Imphal East district was found dead inside his hostel room on Monday afternoon. He was found hanging when some of his colleagues broke open the door of the room when he failed to respond to their repeated calls. He was immediately rushed to the casualty ward of the hospital where he was declared brought dead, the reports said.

Even as he was found hanging from the ceiling of the hostel room, his hands were reportedly found tied behind his back apart from having bruise marks on his body.

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Relatives of the deceased and locals along with members of students’ bodies including All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) and Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) protested in this regard.  The protesters engaged in a brief struggle with the police who blocked them from proceeding to the administrative block of RIMS. Later, the police allowed some leaders and family members to meet the director of the institute.

Taking part in the protest, AMSU demanded booking of the culprit(s) at the earliest while alleging it was a murder case.

AMSU vice president, L Athouba warned of intense forms of agitations if the police fail to arrest the culprit(s). He urged students of RIMS to support the demand of the AMSU, saying that it was not the first case of this kind.

 KSA, in the meantime, demanded a probe into the death within five days while expressing suspicion of fault plays in the death of the medical student.

Meanwhile, locals of the Khurai Thangjam Leikai formed a joint action committee in connection with the “mysterious death” of the student and submitted a memorandum to the state chief minister demanding a judicial inquiry into the case.


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