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Cashier beaten up for denying demand draft to medical student

india Updated: Feb 10, 2016 12:32 IST
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A car damaged during the scuffle between medicos and bank employees, on the IGIMS campus, in Patna on Tuesday

Medicos at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna thrashed a cashier on the institute premises over denial of demand draft to a second year student on Tuesday.

The institute has constituted a three-member committee to probe the matter and suggest action. It has to submit its report in 48 hours.

Son of a police constable, Shivapurari had gone to the bank to get a demand draft of Rs 4,000 made for the examination fee. The branch manager, a woman, reportedly objected to it as his papers were incomplete.

Shivapurari had reportedly got an education loan of Rs 2 lakh from the bank. When he sought to remit a portion of the sanctioned amount through draft for examination fee, the manager reportedly asked for performance certificate, which is mandated in such cases.

The medico, however, refused to do so and began arguing with the woman banker. Seeing this, the cashier intervened and the matter went from bad to worse, as the duo had an ugly verbal spat.

The cashier is believed to have called up the director of the institute who came and diffused the matter. If sources were to be believed, the general manager (GM) and the assistant general manager (AGM), who arrived at the institute branch, tried to escort the cashier out of the campus in their car, but a group of around 50 medicos intercepted the car. The mob reportedly manhandled the GM and the AGM and thrashed the cashier.

The situation was brought under control after police arrived at the scene. Later, senior superintendent of police also reached the institute.

Though station house officer of Shastrinagar police station, SA Hashmi, claimed that none had complained about the incident, the bank was reportedly contemplating to press charges of attempted bank loot.

Confirming the incident, IGIMS medical superintendent Dr Prabhat Sinha said, “The director has constituted a three-member committee, comprising the principal Dr Uday Kumar, dean of examination Dr KAH Raghavendra and myself. We have been asked to submit the report within 48 hours.”

This is the second incident of violence at the IGIMS, involving medicos, in less than eight months. The institute is mulling strong action against the guilty medicos.