Relatives of accident victim thrash doctor,Noida hospital staff go on flash strike

Doctors at the Noida District Hospital went on a flash strike on Wednesday after a doctor was thrashed on Tuesday night allegedly by angry relatives of a youth,an accident victim,whose body was brought dead to the hospital.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida | Published: March 22, 2012 3:17:48 am

Doctors at the Noida District Hospital went on a flash strike on Wednesday after a doctor was thrashed on Tuesday night allegedly by angry relatives of a youth,an accident victim,whose body was brought dead to the hospital.

Police said the assault took place after relatives of Virendra Kumar,declared dead on arrival at the hospital,realised that the body had been sent for an autopsy,without them being informed.

They thrashed Dr Arvind Singh,who had initially examined Kumar,and also damaged hospital property,police said.

According to police,Virendra Kumar (24),a property dealer in Noida,and his friend were on a motorcycle heading towards Delhi,when another bike hit them near the Great India Place mall. Kumar lost his balance and crashed into a divider.

“Kumar’s friend told us that another motorcycle,which was trying to overtake them,hit them from the side,resulting in Kumar losing his balance and crashing into the divider. The two were immediately rushed to the hospital,where Kumar was declared dead on arrival,” said Anant Dev,Superintendent of Police (City).

Hospital officials said as Kumar had arrived dead,the body was sent by the doctor on duty,Arvind Singh,for postmortem.

“The family of the victim,when they reached the hospital and found that the body had already been sent for postmortem,flew into a rage and thrashed the doctor and damaged property. Arvind Singh suffered a dislocated shoulder,” said Dr R M P Mishra,Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Members of Kumar’s family alleged that the hospital was covering up his death. “Why was the body rushed off before we could even see it? Obviously,there is something to hide,” said Mahender Kumar,Kumar’s uncle.

Around 6.30 on Wednesday morning,doctors at the hospital went on a flash strike,demanding that those who assaulted Singh be brought to book. The OPD section of the hospital remained shut till 12 pm. It was only after police arrived and promised action that doctors went back to work.

Police said they were looking at the option of putting up a permanent police post at the hospital. “Six persons have been detained for questioning,” a police officer said.

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