Suspended JNIMS staff alleges coercion by director

IMPHAL, 19th  May: An attendant of Department of Radio Diagnosis, JNIMS, who has been placed under suspension pending an inquiry for alleged corruption, contended that he confessed about taking money from patients due to insistence of director of the medical institute. The suspended staff namely Ningombam Ramesh (38) son of (late) Nabakumar of Khurai Thoudam Leikai, while denying the charges levelled by officials of the Anti-Corruption Cell of collecting money from the public/patients, told media persons at Manipur Press Club here on Friday that his confessional statements given to some unknown persons, in the presence of the JNIMS director inside the latter’s office on May 16, was made under duress.

Ramesh recounted that while dispensing duty on May 16 at radio diagnosis department he was informed of being called by the director. Saying that at the director’s office he was forced to confess of collecting money from the public, the suspended attendant also alleged of being confined inside the office and told to concede before the unknown persons of taking money from the public with the assurance that he will be spared from punitive actions.

He further claimed about the JNIMS director forcibly extracting his signature to mention the name of Dr O Heramot, head in-charge of Department of Radio Diagnosis the same day. Explaining that there were instances when he was given money a fee for tickets and other diagnosis processes by relatives/attendants of seriously ill patients who had no idea about the location of ticket counter, Ramesh said that the video footage on the CCTV installed inside the Radio Diagnosis Department could be images of him getting money for helping the public.

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