NIT Durgapur Students Seeking Justice For 22 Year Old Prosenjit Sarkar’s Death
NIT Durgapur students wrote about the chain of events happened to Prosenjit Sarkar, a NIT student on 18th Nov’15 on the social media website Reddit-
Prosenjit Sarkar, a Fourth year B.Tech student of Electrical Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Durgapur was having severe headache. So much that he had to leave his semester exams half an hour early on Wednesday, Nov 18. He was admitted to the college’s Medical Unit at 2 PM, but the doctors didn’t arrive until 5 PM. By 8:30, the MU staff forced him to go back to his hostel, despite him barely being able to walk. 15 mins later, he was lying on the floor, unconscious. After 40 mins of waiting for an ambulance and then using an auto rickshaw instead, the MU staff referred him to another hospital, 20 mins away, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival, estimating his time of death about an hour and half before. The students needed answers. They, along with the Chief warden and the Dean (Student Welfare) approached the Director’s Bungalow to discuss the chain of events. But the Director summarily refused to speak to the students. Eventually, more than 150 riot police and RAF were called to disperse the crowd. Up until now we haven’t heard from the director, not even a word of condolence. We don’t even know what really happened to our friend Prosenjit, why he died.
This has been a kind of trend in our college, something bad happens, the students approach the director for help, and he refuses to reply. But this needs to stop. We want the director to be accountable for the silence he has maintained his entire tenure. We have been organizing protests, but the administration won’t bulge. All they have offered is Rs 1 lakh for cremation ceremonies.
We are really felling helpless now. The college administration is waiting for us to break down, to give up our protests, to forget the one we lost and just move on. But can we really forget the death of our friend. We need help guys. We have been trying to get the attention of people and media on this issue, using #JusticeForProsenjit on Facebook and Twitter, contacting local media outlets. But nothing seems to be enough. We don’t really know what else to do. We need your support and advice on what we can do now.
A student of the college, Anomitra Saha, reached out to Indiatimes and shared the events that unfortunately led to Prosenjit’s premature death.
I am terribly ashamed and write to you in a state of utter despair, following the death of a 22 year old fellow student at the NIT Durgapur campus, last evening (18th November, 2015) due to the gross negligence and malpractices of the people at the Medical Unit responsible for the students and staff.
Prosenjit Sarkar, a Fourth year B.Tech student of Electrical Engineering approached the staff at the Medical Unit(MU) of the college several times last evening reporting unease and bad health. According to close friends of the deceased the doctors were unavailable despite the fact that the MU claims to have a doctor on call at all times. The deceased had been experiencing head ache and uneasiness for the past couple of days. Friends close to the deceased claim that the unqualified staff at the MU refused to keep him admitted despite visible weakness and poor health. The MU staff is said to have administered medicine, including an injection in consultation with a physician merely over telephone who asked the medicine to be administered without a physical or visual examination of the person.
As witnessed by friends, Prosenjit feebly managed to walk back to his hostel residence and was found unconscious only about 15 minutes later at about 8.45. The hostel residents frantically telephoned the MU to send an ambulance which is supposed to be made available for emergencies at all hours. When the MU said that the ambulance was unavailable, the students requested a doctor to be sent immediately to check the patient and finally frantically arranged for an auto rickshaw for the patient to be rushed to the Medical Unit. This time the Physician happened to be present at the MU, and he immediately conceded that his condition seemed severe although he was unable to assess his ailment. and referred him to Mission Hospital which is at least 20 minutes away on road, where he was declared dead with the time of death having estimated to be one and a half hour before.
When the students along with the Chief warden and the Dean(Student Welfare) approached the Director’s Bungalow to discuss the chain of events and to seek answers, the Director summarily refused to speak to the students. Eventually, more than 150 riot police and RAF were called to disperse the crowd.
With great expectation and humble request I write to you on behalf of all the students of this institute to investigate into the matter and establish the correct version of events and bring to light the inadequacy of an Institute of National Importance to provide it’s resident scholars from all over India with basic amenities (health or otherwise) to lead a healthy, respectable and functional life.”
The students of NIT Durgapur have urged for necessary actions against the college management and the staff at the Medical Unit.
NIT Durgapur students have released a video as well in the memory of Late Prosenjit Sarkar –
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