RIMS doctors, students protest attack on colleague’s residence

RIMS doctors, students protest attack on colleague’s residence
Doctors and PG students of RIMS, Imphal protesting against bomb attack at doctor’s residence on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 27 | Publish Date: 4/27/2019 11:53:26 AM IST

Doctors and PG students of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal suspended their Out Patient duties for a few hours on Saturday in protest against bomb attack at the residence of one of their colleagues.

Suspected militants had exploded a hand grenade at the residence of Dr Thokchom Chito, head of cardiothoracic department RIMS in Imphal’s Thangmeiband on the night of April 24, around 11.40 pm.

Except damages to the main entrance gate and a car parked in the front courtyard of the house, no human casualty was reported in the blast.

Registering a strong protest against the bomb attack, doctors and PG students of RIMS hospital staged a protest in front of Out Patient Department (OPD) today.

“Doctors are there to treat victims of bomb blasts, not to become victims, don’t harm your life saver,” the protesting doctors and medical students mentioned in the placards displayed during the protest.

Other placards displayed at the protest site read : “Stop attacking doctors,” “Stop hurting doctors,” “Stop bomb attack on doctors”, “Let us live a peaceful life,” etc.

The protest was staged under the aegis of RIMS Teachers And Medical Officers’ Association.

General secretary of the association, Dr Akoijam Ibohal urged all concern not to indulge in such heinous crime of attacking the house of doctors.

“Doctors are life savers, allow us to serve the people,” he said urging settlement through talks if there was any misunderstanding with the doctors.

Dr Akoijam Ibohal added, triggering a blast at the residence of the doctor has created panic among doctors in serving the people. It will be hard for a doctor to treat patents amidst threat.

He further appealed to the attackers not to repeat such heinous crime while also asserting that the recent bomb attack was not the first time which doctors were targeted by suspected militants.

Dr Akoijam Ibohal also drew the attention of the state authority to investigate the incident and takes necessary legal action against the culprit(s).

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