Peerless Hospital turns turbulent as agitation breaks out against suicide of nursing student
Kolkata: There was pandemonium at Peerless Hospital in the Panchasayar area adjacent to Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, after the death of a nursing student whose body was recovered from the bathroom of the hostel where she had been lodged.
Some journalists and camera persons of private television channels who had gone to cover the incident, as well as the deceased's friends who started agitation following her death, were assaulted by private security guards of the hospital. The incident happened on Thursday night.
According to police sources, Rinki Ghosh (24), whose body was found hanging from the 2nd floor of the girls' hostel on Friday night, was a resident of Ghatal in West Midnapore. She was a 3rd year BSc student.
Following her death, her friends started an agitation, blaming the hospital authorities for the student's suicide. "The authorities had held a meeting with our guardians and in presence of us, they were told that we have been negligent in our studies. The results of the semester examinations had come out recently. In case of Rinki, they had told her parents that she was always busy chatting with her friends on her phone and had little interest in her studies. They informed that she also used to go outside the hostel with her boyfriend. She was unable to bear the way her parents were spoken to by the authorities and this led her to commit suicide," a student alleged.
According to sources, when some reporters of television channels went to cover the incident along with their camerapersons, more than 30 security guards started assaulting them. A camera of a private television channel was also broken by the guards.
A large police force later reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The students staged a sit-in demonstration in the morning, demanding suspension of two teachers who had allegedly humiliated the victim's father during the meeting. The nursing students claimed that they had lodged a complaint of abetment of suicide against the two teachers.
"We have started a case on the basis of a complaint lodged by a journalist regarding the incident of assault. We have also recorded the statements of some agitating students, who were allegedly assaulted," Deputy Commissioner (East) of Kolkata Police Rupesh Kumar said.
In the evening, the students held a meeting with the top brass of the college, where the latter sought fifteen days to conduct an enquiry. "We have lifted our demonstration after the assurance," a student said.