Days after an alleged rags incident was reported by the Government Medical College at Haldwani in Uttarakhand, 30 guards were relieved of their duties on Thursday. College director Arun Joshi confirmed this but denied any connection between the two incidents and said they were relieved of their duties after their term of service at the college was over.
The deployment of security personnel at the college is outsourced through Uttarakhand Poorva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL) and the college has written to the company to deploy them elsewhere, he said. In a recent viral video, twenty-seven freshman MBBS students were seen shaven-headed in a row on the university campus, sparking accusations that they had been beaten up by their seniors.
Guards were also seen following the students in the video. However, both the college and the students have denied that such an incident occurred. The students said they shaved their heads because of dandruff.
Sachchidananda Dabral has filed a public interest case with the Supreme Court for an investigation into the matter. In response to the PIL, the HC requested the police and the Commissioner of Kumaon to form a committee to investigate the matter. The commission’s report has yet to be submitted to the Supreme Court.
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