Kolkata: Union minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, who is more famous as an animal rights activist, has stepped in in the matter of killings of 16 puppies at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
Gandhi called up the deputy superintend of NRS Medical College around 1 pm today and demanded that the two nursing students, who killed the puppies, must be rusticated.
Sources said that the Union minister spoke with the deputy superintendent for about 20 minutes and, warned that if the hospital authorities failed to act tough against the accused, she will make a move to get the affiliation of NRS Nursing School cancelled.
Gandhi has already lodged a complaint about this to Indian Nursing Council demanding their intervention in the matter.
The development comes on a day the nursing staff and students launched a sit-in demonstration on the campus demanding revocation of punitive steps against those accused of killing the puppies and, a permanent solution to curb the menace of strays on the campus.
The nursing staff have threatened casework in the coming days unless their demands are met. They say that there have been several occasions when nurses were bitten by dogs and cats on the campus yet authorities took no preventive steps.
The agitation has got intensified by the fact that apart from the two accused who have been arrested, the authorities have identified three more nursing students for cruelty towards strays.
A report furnished to the state health department has recommended action against them as well.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has written to NRS Medical College authorities to allocate them space where they can take up a sterilisation drive for stray dogs present on the campus.