PUNE: Three persons were arrested and seven others booked for allegedly beating up a doctor and damaging property worth Rs 30,000 at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Erandwane after the death of a woman patient. The incident took place on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The arrested persons were produced before a court on Monday and released on bail.
The FIR was registered with Alankar police station against them following a complaint from the hospital’s assistant manager (administration) Nitin Mahabal (38). According to the police, Reshma Waghmare was admitted for treatment of an infection and difficulty in breathing. She died around 9.20 pm on Sunday in the ICU on the first floor of the hospital.
“It was my off on Sunday. I received a call at 8.45 pm that Reshma’s condition is serious and her relatives have gathered and may create problems. Accordingly, I called Alankar police station and also reached the hospital. After she died at 9.20 pm, we informed her relatives, who started crying loudly and shouting that she died because of negligence of the doctor. They were saying that they will lodge a complaint with the police. Soon, Police Inspector Shinde, PSI SD Jadhav and their team reached the hospital and tried to pacify the relatives, who were abusing doctors,” Mahabal stated in his complaint.
The police and the deceased’s relatives remained in the hospital for hours. “Around 1.30 am (Monday), her husband Datta Waghmare asked to see his wife and entered the ICU with his three friends. Once inside, he started shouting and asked for the doctor who was treating her. He also said that a doctor is needed for the postmortem. Dr Chetan Mahajan was inside the ward. They beat him up and when a guard intervened, he was thrashed too. They came out of the ward and started inciting other relatives who had gathered there. They kicked the ICU door and broke its plywood. They lifted two benches and threw them on the ground floor. The benches fell at the reception counter and broke a computer monitor and phone. After that, the police brought them out. After that, they broke a glass door near the lift of the main building,” Mahabal further added.
The accused persons were charged for offences under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 146 (rioting), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult), 427 (damage to property) of the Indian Penal Code and section 4 (penalty) of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act.
On Monday morning, the police arrested Vithal Baban Waghmare (39), Sidheshwar Tanaji Gaikwad (24), Aniket Bharat Randive (24), all residents of Taljai Vasahat. “They were produced before the court, which granted them bail. Luckily, there was nobody at the reception counter when the benches were thrown down, else the person could have died,” said PSI Jadhav, who is investigating the case.