Health dept suspends two nursing students for 2 months
Kolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students from NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing 16 puppies at the hospital campus and later released on bail, have been suspended by the state Health department for two months.They will not be allowed to attend classes at NRS Medical College and Hospital during this period. The incident had sparked outrage across the state. Various animal lovers’ organisations and Television personalities took to streets demanding stern action against those who had brutally killed the 16 puppies inside the hospital campus on 13 January. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe suspension has been imposed on the duo barely four days after they went back to their classes on Monday. Many people including some animal activists raised questions on how the two nursing students were allowed to attend classes when the investigation against them was still pending. According to the decision taken by the Health department, the two accused students would not be allowed to attend classes for two months. The decision has been taken on the basis of the report submitted by the hospital. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Wednesday night, some of these activists and television artistes staged a demonstration outside Swasthya Bhawan demanding action against the guilty. They argued why the accused students were allowed to join back classes before the probe was over. They also raised questions on the role of the West Bengal Nursing Council. The hospital authorities, however, stood clear by saying it was the discretion of the Health department to take a decision on the nursing students and added that the court had granted them bail and not imposed any restrictions on them. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that NRS Medical College and Hospital had formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident, besides a separate inquiry done by the city police. The committee also submitted a report to the Health department on the basis of its observation. In the report, the committee reportedly mentioned how the accused had killed the puppies. After the decision came on Friday, various nursing organisations in the city threatened to organise a protest movement against the decision of the Health department stating that the career of the two nursing students would be in jeopardy.