TB patient who killed inmate is also schizophrenic

The Agripada resident had attacked three patients in two wards on Bombay Hospital’s third floor, using a rod used to hold saline bottle.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published:May 14, 2014 12:35 am

A tuberculosis patient who attacked and killed another patient and injured two others at Bombay Hospital on Monday has been placed under anti-psychotic treatment at the state-run JJ hospital. According to JJ Hospital sources, the assailant, who also suffers from HIV/AIDS, has been bound to his bed and a police constable has been deployed near him to keep a watch.

On early Monday morning, the Agripada resident, who is a tailor by profession, had attacked three patients in two wards on Bombay Hospital’s third floor, using a rod used to hold saline bottle. Before he was overpowered by ward boys, security guards and nurses, his violent spree left 62-year-old Sion-based driver Lilabihari Thakur dead and two other patients – Prafulchand Parmar (70) and Janardhan Arte (66) – injured.

Inspector Arun Patil of the Azad Maidan police station said, “He has been kept in isolation and we are observing him throughout. We have written to JJ Hospital for their opinion on when he will be fit to record statements.”

The police have also sent Bombay Hospital a questionnaire beginning with why they sent him to JJ Hospital immediately after the incident. JJ Hospital’s dean Dr T P Lahane said the man had undergone treatment for schizophrenia in 2006 by a private doctor. “He took medications for it for three years before quitting them suddenly. He is known to display strange behaviour.”

The deceased’s son, Pankaj Thakur, said his father had been admitted in the Bombay Hospital a month ago for treatment of lung cancer and was diagnosed with tuberculosis in lungs a week back. Thakur, who received repeated blows on his head in the attack, could not be saved as the injuries were grave, said Bombay Hospital’s spokesperson Dr Sagar Sakle.

Thakur’s kin have alleged negligence on the part of the hospital. “If he was a schizophrenic, doctors should have kept him in a psychiatry ward. How can they keep him in a general ward where other patients are at risk of being attacked?” Pankaj said. According to Lahane, apart from getting anti-psychotic treatment, the alleged assailant is also undergoing anti-tuberculosis and anti-diabetic treatment at J J hospital.

“We have also put him on ART (anti-retroviral therapy) for HIV/AIDS,” a doctor from J J hospital said. “He has become milder after he was shifted here,” he added. The police have also received post mortem reports of Thakur from J J Hospital, which confirm he died of injuries to the head.

tabassum.barnagarwala@expressindia.com

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