Staff Reporter

Relatives manhandle two doctors, alleging neglect of treatment

A car and a few bikes owned by the doctors are torched

Traffic on the road blocked for several hours

BERHAMPUR: Angry mob ransacked the Community Health Centre(CHC) at Khallikote in Ganjam district on Tuesday following death of an infant due to alleged callousness of doctors.

They manhandled two doctors posted there including a female physician.

A car and a few bikes owned by these doctors were also torched. The angry crowd blocked the road near the CHC for several hours. They demanded immediate legal action against the erring physician and compensation of two lakh rupees to the parents of the victim. The Chatrapur Sub-Collector, Ajit Mishra, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), R.B.Gochayat had to rush to Khallikote along with police force to control the situation.

The child from Pehenia village suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration was brought to the CHC by its parents on Monday night. It was alleged that the doctor on night duty, Saroj Bandhu Mohapatra neglected the treatment of the child. The parents of the child alleged that Mr Mohapatra also misbehaved with them when they pressed for his immediate intervention to save the child. But the doctor allegedly did not come over to treat the child and it died by morning. It irked the relatives of the parents of the child as well as people of this small town.

They reached the CHC and ransacked it. They blocked the road demanding compensation and arrest of erring doctor. They also wanted immediate transfer of all doctors of the CHC.

Talks held

The Sub-Collector held discussions with the angry protestors to lift the road blockade. He also handed over 5000 rupees to victim’s parents for funeral. While the discussions were being held another mob reached the quarter of Mr Mohapatra. They manhandled him, ransacked his house, burnt down his bike and car. The mob also reached the home of another doctor of the CHC, Mamata Sahu, to ransack it and torched two mopeds kept there.

Police and administrative officials managed to control the situation by afternoon. The CDMO ordered Mr Mohapatra to go on leave along with gynaecologist, against whom the protestors had lodged complaints.

The CDMO said he would file a report regarding the cause of the incident to the government for necessary action.

The Sub-Collector also sent a report regarding the reasons that led to violent situation at Khallikote CHC to the district Collector.