RIMS closed down to protest attack by militants

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Imphal, May 27 (UNI) The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, remained closed for the second day today to protest bomb attack by suspected militants on May 25.

As decided by the Heads of Departments, presidents and secretaries of Teachers and Medical Officers Association, Junior Doctors Association, Non-Teaching Employees Welfare Association, Trained Nurses Association of India, RIMS Branch and RIMS students', the hospital will remain closed for a period of three days till tomorrow to protest the bomb blast inside the RIMS campus.

During this period, the OPD and Casualty services will be suspended. However, all indoor health care services and emergency operations will continue unaffected.

The Casualty ward shall re-open on May 29. All classes will also be cancelled during the period. However, examinations shall be held as scheduled.

The organisations demanded that the RIMS authorities should improve security chain and also restrict vehicle entry for the patients inside the campus.

The RIMS authorities were requested to materialise the proposal within the protest period.

All underground organisations operating in Manipur were appealed to refrain from repeating such an act in the future in the larger interest of patients, staff and students from the Northeastern states.

Due to the stir patients suffered tremendously as the RIMS is the largest hospital in the state which caters to patients from all over the NE states.

Meanwhile, the secretary, military affairs, of the proscribed Lanheiba Meitei Kangleipak Communist Party KCP (MC) said the bomb attack at RIMS near the Director's office was carried out as per orders from the ''central security council''.

He also said it was the ''last warning to Director Dr L Fimate and Superintendent Dr Mohen.'' He alleged that the Director had played a role in promotion of some doctors and appointment of staff.

However, the Director negated all the charges.


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