Interns and students of MGM College assault police officials during anti-crime drive

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Police resort to lathi charge, one student arrested

Jamshedpur , March 17 : In a bizarre incident, interns as well as students of MGM Medical College and Hospital assaulted two police officials on duty after keeping them hostage at the MGM Medical College in Dimna in the wee hours of Sunday.

The two police officers, OC, Ulidihpolice station Chandrashekhar Kumar and SI, Pankaj Singh were rescued after superintendent of police (City) Prabhat  Kumar resorted to a mild lathicharge at the medical college early this morning.

Police latter, arrested an intern of MGM Medical College Hospital after he, along with 40 others resorted to violence.

After the incident, principal, MGM Medical College AAkhauri has set up a probe committee comprising the heads of the departments and wardens of the medical college to probe into the incident that led a section of college students and junior doctors to clash with the police.

The fight started after a team of police officials were carrying out anti-crime checking in front of the Ulidihpolice station on Dimna Road in Mango.

DSP (Patamda) Vijay Mahto said that the police team led by OC, Chandrashekhar Kumar was stopping each and every car for checking in view of the ensuing LokSabha elections.

” As the drive was on, a car was coming from Sakchi and as the police officials tried to stop it, the four-wheeler did not stop and escaped away, leading the OC, police to chase it, suspecting something wrong,” said Mahto.

The DSP said as the car entered into the medical college campus, the cops too entered and asked the occupants of the car to allow them to search.

“Both youths who were in the car refused to obey their instructions and instead called in other students from the hostel.  About 40 students came there and took the two police officials into a hostel room where they assaulted them together,” the DSP said.

According to sources, before taking the police officials to the hostel, the students had locked the entrance gate and had switched off the lights of the campus.  As the news spread the City SP led a district police and entered into the hostel and finally rescued the two cops after resorting to mild lathi-charge.

When the two cops were rescued, they were bleeding by their face and nose, beside other injuries in their bodies.

DSP, Mahto said by the time the police team reached the medical college campus most of the students had fled but three were caught.  Among the three was Rishabh Kumar who was leading the medical students in assaulting the cops.

 Jamshedpur, March 17 : The festival of colours is right round the corner. And here is an opportunity to celebrate Holi by replacing the traditional gulal with its more eco-friendly and natural counterpart.

People are preparing to turn red, blue and yellow with the festival of colours. City markets are witnessing enthusiastic crowd.

 The Bistupur and Sakchi market are most sought after place to buy the colours. A number of people frequent these markets for the festival of the year and a dozen odd shops sell different variants of colours. It is also a choicest place for the children to buy toys that can store in some color water.

 “Holi has always been a nightmare for me because of the dangers of synthetic colours. Eco-friendly colours are the best way to celebrate Holi. Thanks to the annual awareness drives, gradually, people are realising the importance of eco-friendly colours,” said Amala Akkineni.

The rising awareness about the ill effects of the synthetic colours have motivated people to opt for the natural colours or to say eco friendly colours to play and enjoy the festival of colours, Holi.

“The colours are made out of turmeric, rice flour and recycled flowers, and contain no artificial colours. Fillers or preservatives that are used have been lab tested for zero heavy metal content,” said Radheshyam Parwal, a leading colour trader of Jugsalai.

 Ranging from Rs 10 a packet to Rs 260 per kilogram, these natural colours may be a little heavy on the pocket as compared to the regular colours, but the difference is a small price to pay for a safe Holi.

 “Regular colours can cost anything between Rs 100-200 per kilogram. However, as natural colours have a higher density, the buyer gets a higher amount for less,” Parwal added.

For Mukesh Goyal, a shopkeeper at Sakchi Market, personalized gift baskets for Holi are a sure-shot way to up business at this time. “The designer masks have found many takers. Even though the demand for pakka colours has seen a dip, we have a few packets kept with us. Kuch log aise hote hain jo kehte hain ki do din tak toh lagna chahiye ki Holi kheli hai. That’s why they prefer pakka colours to organic Holi colours. But at the end of the day, it’s all about celebrating Holi in a safe way,” Goyal says.

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