Dalit victim re-admitted to hospital in Rajkot, hours before Rahul Gandhi’s visit

The doctors are saying that they are under pressure to let victims stay in hospital

Written by Gopal B Kateshiya | Rajkot | Updated: July 22, 2016 5:04 pm
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HOURS before Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi landed in Rajkot, a Dalit victim of public flogging, who had been discharged from Junagadh civil hospital on July 18, was admitted to the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay (PDU) General Hospital in Rajkot Thursday, reportedly under “political pressure”. Ramesh Sarvaiya, 23, was among seven members of a Dalit family who were allegedly assaulted by a group of gau rakshaks while they were skinning a dead cow in Mota Samadhiyala village of Una taluka in Gir Somnath district on July 11.

After being given primary treatment at a community health centre in Una town, Ramesh was referred to Junagadh civil hospital the same day as doctors suspected fractures. However, he was discharged from the there on July 18. With him, his father Balu Sarvaiya, 46, who had sustained head injury, was also discharged. “They had recovered form their injuries and, therefore, they were discharged,” Dr Alpesh Vaishnani, in-charge resident medical officer of Junagadh civil hospital, said.

The father-son duo and Balu’s wife, Kunvar (42), were admitted to the Junagadh hospital on the night of July 11. But, curiously, Kunvar left the hospital on the afternoon of July 12. Ramesh was spotted in the surgical ward of PDU hospital on Wednesday during Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s visit. But the hospital documents show he was admitted to the same ward at 7.38 am on Thursday, around 7 hours before the Congress vice-president visited. On July 18, the CM had announced that the Gujarat government would cover all costs of their treatment. Dr Dharmendra Vatsraj, medical superintendent of PDU General hospital, said, “He had abrasions and bruises and came to us for treatment. As a matter of policy, we cannot deny treatment to any patient. Therefore, he was admitted this morning.”

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Besides Ramesh and his elder brother, Vashram (26), two other victims – Bechar Sarvaiya (30) and Ashok Sarvaiya (20) – are also undergoing treatment at the PDU General Hospital. After enquiring about the health of Vashram, Bechar and Ashok on Wednesday, the chief minister had told mediapersons that none of them had fractures and that all of them were “normal”. Ramesh was on the bedside of his brother on Wednesday and Dr Vatsraj said he could have accompanied the patients in the hospital.

Vashram, Bechar and Ashok were first admitted to the Una hospital and had received treatment there till the evening of July 16. Doctors had told The Indian Express on July 12 that the trio were “merely under observation”. But, later on, they were referred to Rajkot. “They had complaints of headache, giddiness and abdominal pain. Therefore, we referred them to Rajkot,” says Dr Tariq Baloch, medical superintendent of the Una hospital.

But doctors at the the Rajkot and Una hospitals calim that they are “under pressure” to let the Una victims stay in the hospitals. “The four patients from Una are completely normal. They are fit to be discharged any time. Other 11 who have attempted suicide by consuming poison are also fine and can be allowed to go home. But there is a lot of political pressure on us to let them stay in the hospital. The leaders of various political parties are coming to us and telling us that they are very serious and that they should continue to get medical treatment,” a senior doctor of the government hospital in Rajkot told The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity.

When contacted, Ramesh said, “My thighs have swollen again and the pain has recurred. Black spots have developed there due to the beating. When I told doctors about this, they advised me to get admitted and I agreed,” he said. Ramesh said that he had been in the PDU General Hospital with his elder brother since July 18 after he was discharged from the Junagadh hospital. However, he denied that any politician or community leader persuaded him to get admitted again.

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  1. R
    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:53 am
    some respect for congress condolence minister visit lt;br/gt;thats the only job rahul seems to enjoy lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;btw why does he only visit opp ruled states ??
    1. S
      Jul 22, 2016 at 11:17 am
      "As a matter of Policy". How nice to hear. They have a policy !! When it is about a Dalit beaten up by RSS sponsored Gunda Sangh called 'Cow Protectors', possibility is that the hospital discharged the victims even before they conducted any examination other than looking at the bruises. Wise Hindus had warned RSS for taking the short cut of religious polarization for catching power at Delhi through BJP. No other political party has this advantage. It is time the people recognize who these people are really. Anti nationals and fascists. They should have no place in this country.
      1. S
        Jul 23, 2016 at 6:08 am
        Reminds me of Munna Bhai movie. :D :D
        1. N
          Norton Account
          Jul 22, 2016 at 3:23 am
          Was Congress responsible for this ?
          1. N
            Norton Account
            Jul 22, 2016 at 3:28 am
            Was this a Congress plan ? How does this help people who are already having problems with unemployment and poverty ?
            1. D
              dev lukum
              Jul 22, 2016 at 5:41 am
              Way agitation is going on in Gujarat which is less anti dalit in daily mode of life. Some individuals did atroicities on Dalit (no murder) These individuals should be and Govt already taken legal action. Thus i doubt some huge funds may be poured for publicity and agitation. PM and former CM of Gujarat is OBC and never felt any discrimination. All such politicians matter of UP I come across Google News in one place Valmikis a backweard cl were forced to convert to Islam or to leave the area It is greater crime by w bunch of society then few individuls.
            2. P
              Jul 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm
              The Congress circus will do anything to keep the clown going.
              1. P
                Pradeep Bhattacharya
                Jul 27, 2016 at 2:53 am
                It is a diversionary tactics of 'bhakt' media to concentrate on foolish Rahul instead of the inhuman heinous crime of public flogging of Dalits in Talibani style by 'Bajrangi' Gau Rakshaks...
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