More than 15 residents of Khedi village forcibly entered the government dispensary at Raipur Rani, around 25km from Panchkula, and allegedly thrashed the employees, including a doctor around 1.30am on Wednesday night.
The injured were identified as Dr Mohit Sharma, staff nurse Suman, and two Grade IV employees – Rameshwar Das and Suman. All four were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, with injuries on head, arms, and face.
According to the employees, the people were led by the relatives of a woman patient who was admitted to the dispensary last evening with complaint of vomiting and had reportedly died soon after the relatives took her out of the dispensary.
“A woman patient, Baby (40), from Khedi village was brought to the dispensary around 6.30pm on Wednesday with complaints of vomiting and loose motions. We diagnosed her and put her on treatment. She was conscious and was responding well to the treatment. Around 11.45 pm, we received another patient, a suspected case of poisoning, so I went to check him since he was serious. But the woman’s relatives demanded that I check their patient. When I told them, that she was fine and the other patient is serious, they started shouting at me,” said Dr Mohit.
The patient, who was a suspected case of poisoning, was referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. Around midnight, the family members forcibly took their patient out of the dispensary. “She was not discharged and we requested the family to let her stay, but they did not listen. She was taken against medical advice,” said Mohit.
However, an hour later, around 1.15am, a mob of around 15 people, including relatives of the woman entered the dispensary, started thrashing the staff, alleging that the woman had died because of medical negligence of the dispensary employees.
‘We were beaten up. They kicked me. They had some sharp-edged weapon in their hand and it injured my wrist. I ran for my life and hid in the doctor’s duty room and locked the door from inside. Then, I pushed out the AC and escaped from the window. I called up my relatives who brought a car and rushed me to the hospital and then I informed the hospital authorities,” said Mohit.
The two female employees locked themselves inside the store room. “They were all shouting ‘maaro maaro’ and we rushed to hide in the store room. They stood outside and even tried to break open the door. After some time, police personnel reached the spot and then we used the back door to escape. An ambulance was called in which all three of us were taken to GH-6,” said staff nurse Suman.
Civil Surgeon Dr V K Bansal condemned the incident. “Such attacks on medical staff will not be tolerated. It is a small dispensary, where there are less patients and they remain in direct supervision of the doctors. There was no such medical negligence in the case. Our staff was injured and required police action will be taken in the case.”
A case under Section 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault), 186 (obstructing public servant from duty), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (prevention of violence and damage to property) Act was registered at Raipur Rani Police Station.
“We have recorded the statements of the employees and investigation has started. There were around 10-15 people from Khedi village and identification is yet to be done,” said the SHO of Raipur Rani police station. No arrests have been made in the case yet.