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IMS student?s death sparks violence

AGITATED STUDENTS of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Lucknow University (LU), went on the rampage on Monday after one of their classmates was knocked down by a speeding train at the track adjacent to the new campus. The boy sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to a private hospital where doctors allegedly refused to even give him first aid. The victim succumbed to his injuries following which students ransacked the hospital and resorted to violence.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 00:19 IST

AGITATED STUDENTS of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Lucknow University (LU), went on the rampage on Monday after one of their classmates was knocked down by a speeding train at the track adjacent to the new campus.

The boy sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to a private hospital where doctors allegedly refused to even give him first aid.

The victim succumbed to his injuries following which students ransacked the hospital and resorted to violence. They staged a demonstration at the railway track that brought rail traffic on the route to a halt. Angry students even fought a pitched battle with the police. In retaliation police cane-charged the students leaving over a dozen of them injured.

Cross-FIRs were being lodged at the Madiaon police station from both the sides. While the students alleged negligent attitude of the doctors, the hospital authorities accused the students of vandalism in the hospital. No action, however, has been taken in the matter by the police till last reports came in.

The incident took place around 11 am when a BMS II semester student Prabhanshu Kumar Gupta was hit by a speeding train under mysterious circumstances. It still remains a mystery as to why the boy went near the track.

Soon, students raised an alarm and rushed to the site. The alleged that Gupta sustained serious head injury and was rushed to a private hospital nearby.

However, the doctors refused to attend to him insisting that it was a legal matter. This led to a tussle between the students and doctors of the hospital.

Meanwhile, the boy succumbed to his injuries.

No sooner the student learnt about the death of Gupta then they went berserk and ransacked the hospital. Sensing trouble, doctors and other supporting staff of the hospital fled from the scene leaving other patients of the hospital at the mercy of an agitated crowd. The police, however, reached the spot by then and overpowered the students. They sent other patients of the hospital to a nearby nursing home for treatment.

A mob of students trooped at the track and started hurling stones at the police.

They even obstructed movement of trains on that route for more than an hour.

In a bid to disperse the crowd, the police resorted to a cane-charge. They even damaged vehicles of students, teachers and journalists. Teachers flayed the police role and the way they handled the situation.

The atmosphere became all the more charged when parents of the victim reached the spot. Sensing trouble, the police sent the body to the mortuary.

Pro V-C and other faculty members consoled the bereaved parents.

Sources said that Gupta had failed in the previous examination and the varsity administration was reluctant to let him appear in the forthcoming examination. It was due to all this he was in great depression and was not in the right frame of mind, they said.