Two Medical Science Institute engineers abducted, escape unhurt

December 19th, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Imphal, Dec.19 (ANI): Militants in Manipur once again targeted the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) by recently abducting two engineers of the Institute for ransom. Fortunately, both of them escaped from militants custody safely.
In 2008 alone, the Institute has been closed down four times with more than 50 cases of bomb attacks and abduction of hospital staff.
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is in Imphal and runs under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. An 881-bedded teaching hospital is attached to it. The hospital provides service to over 200,000 OPD patients and treats over 22,000 inpatients in a year. It has 18 clinical departments medical investigation facilities.
Both engineers, Robindro and Surjit, are terrified. The engineers were taken captive after they were summoned on the pretext of some talks regarding ongoing construction work at RIMS.
But both the engineers used presence of mind and escaped from the custody of Kangleipak Communist Party, a militant group, which demanded a ransom of Rs. 300 million for their freedom.
Ng. Robindro Singh, Assistant Engineer at the RIMS, said: Most of the time underground people contact us, and ask us to convey their demands to authorities.”
Upgrading of infrastructure is in progress at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, which will benefit the society at large. However, this is of no concern to the underground groups, as they are only bothered about their share of the pie.
The authorities at the RIMS, facing continuous harassment, believe that the time is not very far away when hospital would have to be shifted out of Manipur.
Dr. L. Fimate, Director, RIMS, said: It is a very sad. If such cases of abduction, extortion continuues, the Central Government will have no choice but shift RIMS to other States like Nagaland or Mizoram.”
Dr. Y. Mohen Singh, Superintendent, RIMS, said: In the last two months or so many outfits are harassing our RIMS doctors at their homes. They are shooting and demanding money. So many outfits in Manipur have harassed our RIMS staff.”
The disturbances caused by militants have today become a major roadblock in the path to progress in Manipur. (ANI)

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