Days after a Pakistani doctor and a ward boy were arrested for allegedly raping a dengue patient at the ICU of Apollo hospital in Gandhinagar, nearly a dozen doctors from the neighbouring country have resigned from the hospital.
According to sources, these Pakistani doctors, working in the state on Long Term Visa (LTV), quit their job or were asked to resign by the hospital authorities after police pointed at non-compliance of the provisions of the Foreigners Act.
“Yes, the Pakistani origin doctors resigned Wednesday… The hospital cannot divulge details on how many and why did they resign,” said Sandip Joshi, spokesperson of the hospital.
The doctors who resigned also chose to remain silent on the issue.
“I cannot talk on the issue. It would be better to contact the HR (human resource) staff of the hospital,” said one of the doctors who resigned when contacted by The Indian Express.
A police official, requesting anonymity, said: “The doctors are residing in Ahmedabad on Long Term Visa (LTV) and they are not allowed to leave the city limits. But the hospital is situated in Gandhinagar district and therefore, there is a violation of Foreigners Act.”
K K Pandya, police inspector of Adalaj police station which is investigating the rape case, said, “I am only investigating the rape case. I haven’t registered any case against anyone for the violation of the Foreigners Act yet.”
A Pakistani doctor, Rajesh Chauhan, and ward boy Chandrakant Vankar were arrested on September 7, two days after a rape complaint was registered with Adalaj police by the 21-year-old dengue patient. Dr Chauhan belonged to Sindh province of Pakistan.