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Beef up security: Cops to hospitals

Police have asked the administration to step up security and bring more area under CCTV surveillance.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
October 31, 2011 3:53:40 am

In the wake of assault on doctors and thefts at various city hospitals,the police have asked the administration to step up security and bring more area under CCTV surveillance. “We held a meeting with the hospital authorities and have asked them to use CCTV cameras with wider range,” said Nagnath Wakude,senior inspector with Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

On Thursday,an unidentified person stole a gold chain worth Rs 15,000 from 59-year-old Meera Pardeshi,who was admitted to a semi-special ward at KEM Hospital. According to the police,the suspect posed as a hospital employee and entered the ward where Pardeshi was admitted. On the pretext of examining her,he asked her husband,Amarsingh,to wait outside the ward. He then asked Pardeshi to remove the gold chain and fled with it. This was the fifth incident of theft at city hospitals in the last one-and-a-half months.

Also,on Friday night,more than 50 people had created ruckus at the Jehangir Hospital and manhandled a doctor in ICU before forcibly taking away the body of a patient. After the incident,the authorities met Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar on Saturday and she assured that action will be taken against the culprits.

On October 22,an unidentified person posed as a doctor and allegedly stole ornaments and cell phone worth Rs 73,000 from a patient identified Neha Dalvi in Bharati Hospital.

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Earlier on September 27,an unidentified man allegedly stole gold ornaments worth Rs 1.20 lakh from Pushpa Shah (72),admitted to a city hospital. On September 20,75-year-old Aftaabbi Daruwale was robbed of her gold bangles and chain worth Rs 46,000 in a city hospital by a person who posed as a doctor.

Police are yet to crack any of the five cases. Rajesh Bansode,deputy commissioner of police (crime),said,“Internal security is the responsibility of the hospitals. Hospitals should step up security and also bring more area under CCTV coverage. Our investigation in the cases is on.” He added,“The location of the CCTV cameras also needs to be reviewed and they should be strategically placed to cover maximum area.”

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