A police constable allegedly slapped a resident doctor at the Sassoon General Hospital, Wednesday, reportedly because the doctor’s shoulder brushed against him. The constable also allegedly hit the doctor’s shoulder with a stick, saying that it was “tit-for-tat”.
K Bhutiya (28), a resident doctor, lodged a complaint in this case at the Bundgarden police station. Police have arrested the constable, identified as Shrikrishna Uttamrao Khokle (28). He is currently attached to the Khadak police station.
Police have booked Khokle under sections 324, 332, 353 (causing obstruction in government work) of Indian Penal code (IPC) and sections of the Maharashtra Medical Services Act 2010.
Khokle also registered a cross-complaint against Bhutiya and three other doctors of the Sassoon hospital for allegedly beating him while he was in uniform and performing his duty.
As per the statement of Bhutiya, he is attached to the Sassoon hospital since 2013 as an orthopedic surgeon. He was conducting his rounds, and as he was rushing to ward number 3 for attending an emergency call, his shoulder brushed against constable Khokle who was standing in the way. Khokle got angry and slapped Bhutiya. Then Khokle took a stick from security guard Ajit Gaware and hit the doctor on his shoulder.
Bhutiya called his fellow doctors Shashank Raut and Rahul Jadhav and informed the chief medical officer about the incident. Meanwhile, he started feeling dizzy and was injected with salines and other medicines.
Police arrested Khokle and produced him before a magistrate court Thursday. Khokle was remanded in police custody for a day.
Khokle said that he was visiting the hospital for some medical tests of persons accused in a criminal case. He said there was a quarrel between him and Bhutiya over “brushing of his shoulder”.Khokle said Bhutiya along with doctors Wasim, Sejpal and Balaji Salunkhe beat him up, leaving injury marks on his face. Khokle said his uniform was also torn in the brawl. He alleged that the doctors threatened that they would have beaten him more if he was not in uniform. Based on Khokle’s complaint, the Bundgarden police booked the four doctors under sections 353, 323, 332, 504, 506 (1), 34 of the IPC. Senior police inspector Madan Bahaddurpure is investigating the case.
The incident sparked protests at Sassoon hospital. Doctors launched a strike to condemn the police behavior. They claimed that a false complaint had been registered against Bhutiya and the other three doctors.