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JFSA hits back at RIMSSU, asks to set priorities right

A rally seeking justice for Sanaton

If RIMSSU can muster up the courage to stand up for its members including Sanaton against the RIMS authority, JFSA will most gladly hand over baton to RIMSSU to carry on the struggle for justice, said Justice For Sanaton Athokpam

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Reacting sharply to the recent statement issued by the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Student’s Union (RIMSSU) regarding the death of a medical student of the institute, Justice For Sanaton Athokpam (JFSA) asserted that RIMS authority should refrain from “arm-twisting” its students and patients into issuing statements in public domain to “mislead and sabotage” the ongoing investigation.

A release by JFSA convenor M Loyalakpa stated that if RIMSSU can muster up the courage to stand up for its members including Sanaton against the RIMS authority, JFSA will most gladly hand over baton to RIMSSU to carry on the struggle for justice. It is time for RIMSSU to set its priorities right, it added.

JFSA said that it agrees with RIMSSU that “some organisations” (as stated in the RIMSSU statement) should not have interfered with RIMS. Rather RIMSSU was expected to take up the cudgel for handling the unfortunate incident in a considerate and humane manner on behalf of their late friend and colleague. On the contrary, the family was left in the lurch at their darkest moment in their life and RIMSSU was nowhere to be seen, and very reluctantly JFSA had to step in to prevent murder of justice. Nobody, neither the director, who is the custodian of Sanaton nor RIMSSU thought it necessary to inform the family about the incident, it added.

Moreover, despite the clearly apparent “homicidal evidence” visible to every onlooker, RIMS authority under whose custody the death took place, failed to officially file an FIR with the police. No attempts were made to conduct an internal departmental inquiry into the incident which speaks volumes on the RIMS authority’s indifferent attitude towards the death of Sanaton, JFSA asserted and added that if this is the procedure of RIMS, we fail to understand a bit of it.

For all these deliberate omissions on the part of RIMS authority, RIMSSU was expected to speak up and act, not “some organization”, it said.

Stating that even before proper investigation was started, and vested interests were trying to give the verdict as “suicide” on social media and through rumours, JFSA said that RIMSSU, having full understanding of the situation, was expected to stand with their departed friend and colleague.

It is however conspicuous by their statement that RIMS authority is putting its words in RIMSSU’s mouth, JFSA stated and added it is obvious from the statement that RIMS authority considers itself being above the law.

“The audacity of calling itself a “National Level Institute” and terming the agitation by local student bodies as “interference by some local organisations” is obvious of that fact.”

Why Justice For Sanaton Athokpam termed the Director and Dean irresponsible does not require elaboration, JFSA said. It is the responsibility of the director (by virtue of being the head of the institution and the custodian of Sanaton Athokpam) to take timely and foolproof security measures in and around the institute.

“Why was the CCTV camera installed at the Gents Hostel No. 3 not working during the incident?”

JFSA also contended that the perimeter wall behind the hostel is too low for anyone to jump over. Anyone can gain access to the hostels without being noticed, it added.

JFSA further said that it has so far refrained from criticising other aspects other than apparent lack of security for students in its hostels. However JFSA cannot help but wonder how the institute got itself in the 28th position in the NIRF Ranking in spite of the blatant lack of security and lack of segregation of construction sites and hostels. The ranking evaluation is deemed questionable, it asserted.

“Let it be put on record that JFSA has refrained itself from causing any inconvenience to the hospital and has been confining its agitation to the Administrative Block of RIMS only,” it added.

JFSA also said that it was unfortunate and uncalled for on the part of RIMSSU terming the demand of JFSA to arrest the Warden of the hostel as “imbecile”.

The remark itself shows lack of wisdom on the part of the RIMS authority, it said. Among other things, the security of a hostel is the responsibility of the hostel warden. Any other persons the hostel warden reports to, are also equally responsible, it added.

JFSA also said that it has always been declaring that it has the best intentions for RIMSSU and its members in mind and their safety and security is the top agenda for its struggle. If something has been gained to fulfill this agenda JFSA will rest assured that it has achieved some of its goals and the death of Sanaton Athokpam has not been in vain, it added. 

JFSA also said that it considers counterproductive to draw out the debate any longer, adding “will call it a day.” Let us allow truth to prevail, it added.

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