Russian belly dancers gyrate amid catcalls, doctors dance and booze flows freely. This is not a scene from a Bollywood potboiler or B Grade movies, but the premises of state-run Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
The shocking incident came to light when the doctors-from the 1992 batch-boozed, danced and watched the belly dancers at the Silver Jubilee function, which was organised by the Old School Association on Monday.
The party started on Monday afternoon and soon picked pace after an ambulance, packed with several cartons of liquor, made its way into the government medical college, which is Meerut’s premier medical institution.
The incident came to light after video footage of the belly dancers performing among cheering doctors went viral on social media.
According to a report in India Today, bar tenders, including women in Christmas caps, are seen serving drinks to doctors in the footage as they dance to popular tunes.
While the party-attendees at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical college went all out in their revelry, the patients were highly inconvenienced.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Meerut, Raj Kumar, condemned the incident and said that an inquiry was conducted to find out who gave the permission for it.
"I got to know that Russian belly dancers were called and liquor was stored in an ambulance van. It is absolutely wrong; it should not have happened at a state-run medical college. I am also informed that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident to find out the person on whose permission it took place,” Kumar told ANI.
Vinay Aggarwal, the acting-principal of LLRM Medical College, claimed that he did not know of the incident at the time. He said it was not clear whether the organisers had used ambulances from the institute itself or had hired private vehicles for the party. The Uttar Pradesh Government, however, said it was taking a strict view of the entire case and anyone, whether it were the organisers or the LLRM administration, found guilty would be punished.