On Thursday evening, Jitender — who lost both his children when his house in Faridabad district’s Sunpedh village was set on fire on Tuesday — was taken to a local district hospital. The local doctor had recommended that he should be hospitalised as he was suffering from dehydration and high levels of stress.
Days before his house was set on fire, it was Jitender, a Recognised Medical Practitioner (RMP), who was treating patients at his polyclinic. He recommended medicines for his patients and also conducted vaccinations, said a local pharmacist.
Jitender is a second generation RMP; his father Dal Chand was granted a RMP license over a decade ago.
“His father ran the clinic for years. Later Jitender took over,” said Vijender, a resident.
The small polyclinic is located behind Zenith Hospital, one of the district’s biggest hospitals, off the busy Mohana Road.
In October 2014, Jitender’s two brothers were arrested for allegedly murdering three boys from the Thakur community. Jitender soon left the village, and the clinic remained shut after that.
The clinic was later given on rent to a local doctor, said a pharmacist.
About three months ago, Jitender returned to the village and decided to run the clinic in collaboration with the doctor. “Both of them ran it together,” said the pharmacist.