Day after scholar dies, 4 IIT-Kanpur staff booked, students block road

10 August, 2016

HUNDREDS OF students of IIT-Kanpur on Tuesday blocked G T Road and staged a demonstration outside the campus accusing the doctors of the institute’s health centre of harassment and medical negligence after a 26-year-old research scholar died of cardiac arrest on Monday.

Four employees of the IIT were booked in connection with the death, even as the institute formed a committee to probe the incident.

Police said Alok Pandey, a PhD student of material science programme — hailing from Ghazipur — complained of severe pain in the chest and neck on Monday afternoon. He was rushed to the health centre of the institute, from where he was referred to Kamlapat Singhania Heart Institute. He, however, was declared brought dead on arrival at the hospital.

Soon after the news of Alok’s death spread, students from his hostel alleged that he was administered a wrong injection by IIT’s Medical Officer Dr Shailendra Kishore, which caused his death. On Tuesday, they blocked G T Road, demanding that the doctor be booked, the “guilty staff” be immediately suspended and the IIT bear the cost of the victim’s family’s legal battle.

The angry students also gheraoed the health centre. It was several hours after the dean of student affairs, Professor A R Harish and Deputy Director Professor Ajit Chaturvedi, managed to pacify the students.

The deceased’s brother, Adarsh, had got an FIR lodged against four employess of the IIT at Kalyanpur police station. Alok’s guide Professor Kamal Kekar, Dr Shailendra Kishore, the administrator of the health centre and the warden in-charge have been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC.

When contacted, Adarsh alleged that his brother was under acute pressure in the IIT. “He was in depression and had complained of harassment by the hostel warden and his PhD guide. He used to tell us about the harassment over phone,” he alleged.

“As per my information, Alok died on Monday due to cardiac arrest. I was not in the campus at that time, but this is what I have been told to. The relatives have alleged medical negligence,” said IIT-Kanpur Director Professor Indranil Manna. He added that the institute has set up a three-member fact finding committee, comprising doctors from outside IIT-Kanpur. The committee, comprising Dr S S Singhal (former director of Kamlapat Singhania Heart Institute), Dr Mohammad Ahmed (former HoD of Kamlapat Singhania Heart Institute) and Dr Rakesh Chandra (former principal of GSVM Medical College in Kanpur), would submit its report within 10 days.

Kanpur SSP Shalabh Mathur said the body sent for postmortem. A probe will be started on the basis of the postmortem report, he added.