Violence broke out following the death of a patient at the State-run R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital on Friday when a mob comprising his relatives ransacked the hospital premises.
The police had to resort to a baton-charge to control the situation when the enraged mob ransacked the emergency ward of the hospital, destroyed computers and damaged furniture.
The services of the State-run hospital were disrupted for a few hours owing to the incident. Sontu Roy (15) was admitted to the hospital on August 15 with an injury in his feet suffered during a football match. He died at 6.30 am in the hospital on Friday.
As news of his death spread a group of youths armed with sticks and rods went to the hospital. A pitched battle between the protestors and the police personnel ensued in the hospital premises. Additional police and Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed to control the situation. Eighteen persons were detained after the incident, while eight policemen were injured in the violence.
“He died of post-anaesthetic shock. He was taken for surgery and was administered spinal anaesthesia following which he started having convulsions. We tried to revive him but unfortunately he died in the morning,” said medical college Principal Parthajit Banerjee.
State Medical Education Director Sushanta Banerjee said it was an act of organised vandalism. He said that though security has been stepped up in hospitals in the State it is not possible for the police to prevent such instances where a mob indulges in violence.