MARD threatens to shut Sassoon OPDs

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 15 March 2019

Dr Snehal Khandagale (26) of Jalna, who is working here as a junior resident (one) doctor, registered an FIR with Bundgarden police station against accused Aarti Sachin Kondhare, who is a BJP corporator in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from Khadakmal Aali - Mahatma Phule Peth ward

PUNE: The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, (MARD), Pune branch, has threatened to shut OPD at the Sassoon Hospital from March 15 if the BJP corporator Aarti Kondhare is not arrested immediately for slapping a junior resident doctor. 

“The resident doctors will refrain from work until action is taken against the corporator,” stated the MARD letter sent to the Dean of the hospital. 

Assistant Inspector Jayawant Patil, who is investigating the case, said, “Our probe is still going on. Kondhare is absconding.” 

Dr Snehal Khandagale (26) of Jalna, who is working here as a junior resident doctor, registered an FIR with Bundgarden police station against accused Aarti Sachin Kondhare, who is a BJP corporator in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from Khadakmal Aali - Mahatma Phule Peth ward. 

According to the police, the incident took place in the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday. Dr Snehal was checking a serious patient in the casualty department’s ward no. 43, when Kondhare walked in shouting. “She asked about two patients and wanted to know who is treating them. I informed her that they have been given primary treatment and there are stitches on the head of one of them. I further informed that he has to be taken for a CT Scan. She was continuously shouting and pressurising me to give preference to her patients. There was another serious patient and I began treatment on him. She started asking about my details and threatened to complain against me to Tambe sir. The woman also began clicking my photos and shooting video on the phone. I told her not to click photos or shoot videos. When I tried to stop her, she slapped me. A man wearing a white shirt who was accompanying her, took her away while she kept abusing me. Later I came to know that she was Aarti Kondhare and the man was Sachin Kondhare,” Khandagale stated. 

The police have booked Kondhare for offences under sections 353 (obstructing public servant from discharging official duty), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. She has been charged for offences under the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act.

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