Two held in Bihar for ‘sexual assault’ are TISS interns: cops

Mohd Nizamuddin and Shekhar Singh — misbehaved with women staffers and had sought hospital information without requisite permission from either the district magistrate or the civil surgeon.

By: Express News Service | Patna | Published:June 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Muzaffarpur police that last week arrested two persons posing as IAS trainees on charges of assaulting women staffers of Sadar Hospital have identified the two as interns with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

They had gone to collect health innovation network samples as part of the institute’s assignment to collect 16,000 samples from 16 Bihar districts for a US university project being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The hospital’s chief matron had lodged a case with the Town Police Station alleging that the two — Mohd Nizamuddin and Shekhar Singh — misbehaved with women staffers and had sought hospital information without requisite permission from either the district magistrate or the civil surgeon.

Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police J S Rana said the two were booked for impersonation, forgery and sexual assault and sent to jail. He said TISS officials had now contacted the district police and had given details about the two. The SSP said the police had also been trying to ascertain if it was a case of falsely implicating the two boys in a sexual assault case.

TISS research associate Ashutosh Murti told The Sunday Express from Mumbai that he had approached Muzaffarpur police officers giving full information on Shekhar Singh and Mohd Nizamuddin, who had been on three-month internship with TISS for the prestigious project being funded by the Gates Foundation for North Western University of the US. “They had gone to Muzaffarpur hospital with queries on health services innovation. As for the serious allegations against them, we have no idea what happened and we also do not know if they went as imposters when they actually represented TISS,” added Murti.

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