Days after six Shiv Sainiks attacked the head of the forensic department at KEM Hospital, the doctor has approached police for protection fearing “physical assault” by Shiv Sena members. In a letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner Tuesday, Dr Harish Pathak has asked for security.
On Monday, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana published an article claiming the six Shiv Sainiks had come to KEM for blood donation and were falsely charged with attacking Dr Pathak. Subsequently, six Sena corporators and MLAs met hospital dean Dr Avinash Supe to discuss the matter. “I explained to them about the incident,” Supe said.
“The newspaper article said Shiv Sena members are disgruntled with me and the police for registering a case against those who came to attack me. I wanted to request the CP to ensure a second attack does not come my way,” said Dr Pathak.
On September 30, a day after the Elphinstone Road station stampede, the doctor was attacked in the hospital mortuary over his decision to write numbers on the deceased victims’ foreheads for quick identification. Shiv Sainiks from Pune, Shirdi and Virar had travelled to Mumbai to write ‘zero’ on Pathak’s forehead. The victims had numbers written on their foreheads, pictures of which were printed on flex and displayed at the hospital for family members to identify.