Nearly a month after Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri’s accidental death during a first-class match here, his family filed a complaint with the Bidhannagar (South) police station alleging medical negligence against AMRI Hospital where Ankit was being treated.
Ankit’s father, Raj Kumar Keshri, has demanded an investigation into his son’s death and alleged ‘foul play’ by the hospital authority, which kept him in the dark about Ankit’s health condition. In the complaint filed on Wednesday, he alleged that Ankit was shifted from AMRI, where he was admitted with head injury, to Nightingale Nursing Home, a private hospital, without his consent.
Ankit (20) used to play for the East Bengal Club. On April 17, the young cricketer collided with a co-player of the same team while fielding and fell unconscious. He was rushed to the AMRI hospital (Salt Lake), but later shifted to Nightingale Nursing Home, where he died on April 20. “Ankit was shifted without my consent and for reasons best known to them (AMRI authority). From the account of the accident and the subsequent process of treatment, I suspect there is some foul play and also gross negligence,” Keshri said in the complaint. He further alleged that he was repeatedly told by the doctors in AMRI that his son was recovering and would be shifted to the general bed from ICU on April 19, but instead they shifted Ankit to another hospital on the same day.
A senior Bidhannagar police official confirmed that the complaint has been received and adequate action would be taken.
Keshri had also submitted an elaborate petition to the West Bengal Medical Council on May 15 alleging negligence against the hospital. Kolkata-based rights group APDR too demanded a probe into Ankit’s “unnatural” death by the police.