3 held for ransacking hospital, assaulting doctors

May 28, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 03:55 am IST - Thane

Locals turn violent after doctors declare patient was brought dead

The police have arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting doctors and ransacking a private hospital in Thane.

Senior Inspector G.D. Pingle of Chitalsar-Manpada police station said on Saturday that the incident took place on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The police said 11 people were involved in the incident and a hunt was on to nab the other attackers.

The police identified the arrested as Baba Waghmare, Sagar Gargade and Sairam Gargade. According to a police complaint lodged by the hospital, a group of 12 local residents brought a patient and asked the doctors on duty to examine him.

The doctors examined the patient and declared him brought dead. The locals asked the physicians to examine the patient, Vasu Dattapa Belgire, again. The doctors confirmed that Belgire had died. Hearing this, the members of the group grew angry and allegedly attacked the two doctors and ransacked the hospital. The group vandalised the hospital’s Intensive Coronary Care Unit and damaged glass panes. The vandalism went on till the early hours of Friday, the police said.

When the policemen arrived at the spot, the violent group allegedly threw stones at them. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act. The Act seeks to protect doctors and hospitals from attacks by the relatives, neighbours or friends of patients.

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