Three persons died and six others were injured when a van rammed into an autorickshaw near Shringara Thota village in Harpanahalli taluk on Monday. The deceased were identified as Chikka (22), Miya Sab (44) and Ramaswamy (46). The injured have been admitted to the Chigateri general hospital here. However, Kabballi Hanumanthappa, one of the seriously injured, was refused treatment at the Chigateri general hospital. Hospital authorities first said there was a shortage of ventilators. The patient was then sent to a private hospital and was refused treatment there also. He was brought back to Chigateri general hospital where the authorities refused to admit him saying he was injured on the head. However, the relatives of the patient said he was not injured on the head, but on the hip and legs.

H.D. Neelambike, Resident Medical Officer of Chigateri general hospital told The Hindu that there was neither a neurosurgeon at the hospital nor a CT scan and hence he was sent to a private hospital. She said doctors who examined the patient suspected he might have sustained internal bleeding. Hanumanthappa’s relatives complained the other injured were admitted to the hospital because of pressure from politicians.