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Medical check-ups are not being held regularly according to stipulations: SFI

GULBARGA: The Students Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday held the Backward Class and Minorities (BCM) Hostel authorities and the Backward Class and Minorities Department officials responsible for the death of a first year B.A student Savitri allegedly owing to cancer in her stomach on October 16.

The students and members of the SFI who staged a protest demonstration in the city, in their memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey, said the victim Savitri who was an inmate of BCM Hostel at the Tarfail area in the city was studying in the Piloo Irani Degree College had died allegedly due to negligence on the part of the officials of the department and the hostel in failing in their duties to provide timely treatment for the disease. The SFI district secretary Sunil Manpade told the Deputy Commissioner that the victim was staying in the hostel for the last three years. Her disease was detected in the last stages and she failed to respond to treatment and died on October 16.

He said that the victim could have been saved if the hostel authorities had performed their mandatory duty of subjecting all inmates of the hostel every fortnight as stipulated in the rules and regulations by the Government for a check-up.

Mr. Manpade said in no hostel the medical check up was being conducted and the supervisory officials of the department who were supposed to keep a tab on the hostel activities and protect the interests of the inmates seldom visited these hostels to monitor their functioning.

Mr. Manpade demanded disciplinary action against the hostel superintendent and the taluk Backward Class and Minorities Department and called for their suspension. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the alleged complaint of harassment of girl students in the hostel .