Mental hospital inmate chokes to death while consuming snack

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pune: Sunanda Umapati Khare, a patient at Regional Mental Hospital, Yerawada reportedly died at the hospital on the day of Dussehra while eating the snack bhakarwadi, which got stuck in her throat. However, Hospital Superintendent Dr Bhalchandra Donglikar denied the allegation saying that Khare died of natural causes.

Pune: Sunanda Umapati Khare, a patient at Regional Mental Hospital, Yerawada reportedly died at the hospital on the day of Dussehra while eating the snack bhakarwadi, which got stuck in her throat. However, Hospital Superintendent Dr Bhalchandra Donglikar denied the allegation saying that Khare died of natural causes.

While a good samaritan in the city donated things of daily use to the patients at the hospital two months ago, he asked them what sweets they like. As per the patients’ demand, he donated two kilograms each of the sweets and snacks to the 1,650 patients on the occasion of Dussehra. After the eatables were donated in the women’s ward, Khare began eating bhakarwadi, which got stuck in her throat and as it wasn’t noticed by the attendants, Khare died on the spot in a few seconds.

While the body was taken to Sassoon Hospital for post-mortem, the workers present reported her throat to be swollen.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Donglikar said, “Khare had been admitted to the hospital for the past 33 years, and was around 62 years old. On Dussehra morning, she collapsed while having breakfast, and the reason for this is not bhakarwadi, but consolidation of lungs which is mentioned in the post-mortem report. The attendants take care of all patients and the report that Khare died due to bhakarwadi getting stuck in her throat is false.”

Senior Police Inspector Mukund Mahajan, in-charge of Yerawada police station, told Sakal Times, “We have registered a case of accidental death. We are waiting for the post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death.”

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