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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeking justice: Dead IIT-K student's family lodges FIR - TNN

Seeking justice: Dead IIT-K student's family lodges FIR
TNN | Aug 10, 2016, 05.47 AM IST

Kanpur: A day after the death of a PhD student of IIT-Kanpur at its Health Centre, his family filed an FIR with the local police accusing the centre staff, including the doctor who treated him, of negligence leading to death. After a postmortem, the police handed over the body to the family members who took it to their native place in Ghazipur district. 

The aggrieved family, which arrived at the insititute on Monday night, registered the FIR at Kalyanpur police station on Tuesday afternoon. Dr Shailendra Kishore of the centre was named in the FIR registered under section 304 of IPC (Punishment for culpable suicide not amounting to murder).

The FIR also made a mention of IIT-K health centre administration, warden in charge, besides a student guide under whom the student was pursuing PhD course without naming them.

"The FIR has been lodged on the basis of a complaint by Adarsh Kumar Pandey, elder brother of the deceased. Dr Shailendra Kishore has been accused of negligence while treating Atul Pandey, causing his death," said a police officer. Atul Kumar Pandey, who was in the sixth year of his PHD course, had died on Monday afternoon soon after reaching the health centre. He had gone to the centre complaining of pain in the shoulder for which he was administered medicine. Students alleged that he died soon after.

Following this, his fellow students had staged a protest on Monday which continued throughout Tuesday. Enraged over the death of their colleague, scores of IIT-Kanpur students assembled at the main gate of the institute and blocked the movement of the vehicles completely for over three hours.

SHO Kalyanpur Rajdeep Prajapati said, "Adarsh, brother of the deceased Atul, has charged the centre staff of not arranging stretcher for taking him to the ECG room in the health centre and instead made him walk down. Adarsh also mentioned in his complaint that the health centre of IIT-Kanpur had referred Atul to the cardiology hospital near Gol Chauraha without any doctor accompanying him."