Ganja found in GMC hostel, 5 students face action

THE GOAN NETWORK | MAY 28, 2022, 11:49 PM IST

Seven grams of ganja said to be found at the boy’s hostel of the Goa Medical College at Bambolim has sent authorities of the premier health institution in a tizzy.

The dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar has said that a formal complaint has been filed with the police and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane warned that five interns, who are under the scanner, will be rusticated.

Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Shobit Saxena, IAS, meanwhile, told The Goan that the complaint received from the hostel warden has been taken cognisance of by Agassaim police.

“We are investigating as to whose ganja it is,” Saxena said, indicating there is no clarity if the seized narcotic was indeed found on the person of the five interns in question.

With details hazy, Dr Bandekar, meanwhile, claimed that the incident had come to light three days ago when the interns returned late at night in an ‘inebriated’ state. 

They were discovered by the guard on duty, who also found the narcotics, he added.

The health minister meanwhile tweeted that he has directed the dean and other authorities to take stringent action in the matter. He also said that the five interns will be rusticated.

“5 interns who were found with possession of drugs at GMC hostel campus will be rusticated, directions have been given to Dean of @GoaGmc in this matter. I have also instructed him to issue a show-cause notice to the warden and carry out a detailed investigation in this regard,” Rane said in his tweet.

Rane also said, that such lapses “will not be tolerated” in the premier health institution.

This is the second incident in recent times that GMC has hit the news headlines for the wrong reasons. 

A couple of weeks ago, a group of students were rusticated from the hostel for physically assaulting another hostelite who had complained to them over the disturbance caused by their playing loud music late at night.

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