A corporator of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) allegedly assaulted a 26-year-old doctor at the Sassoon General Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday. An offence has been registered and police have launched a search for Aarti Kondhare, who is a BJP corporator in the PMC.
The incident took place at 1 am in ward no. 43 of Sassoon General Hospital, where the doctor, Snehal Khandagale, was treating a patient who had sustained serious injuries in an assault, said police. Khandagale, who was on night duty as an attending doctor in the ward, told
The Indian Express, “I was with a patient who had sustained serious injuries in an assault… suddenly, a woman barged inside the ward and started asking in a loud voice about two patients on other beds. When I went up to her and asked her what had happened, she asked me to treat the two persons. One person had bruises on his hand and face and the other had an injury on the forehead. I told her that preliminary treatment had been given to those patients and some further examinations were awaited. But she was not ready to listen to me and threatened that she would complain against me to the authorities.”
“… She took out her phone and started shooting a video. I asked her to not do that and at this point, she hit me on the face. We later got to know that the woman was Aarti Kondhare,” added Khandagale.
An FIR has been registered by Khandagale at the Bundgarden police station under IPC sections pertaining to assault on public servant and criminal intimidation. Kondhare has also been booked under sections of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act.
“After the registration of the FIR, we launched a search for Kondhare. She wasn’t at her house or her office. We have reasons to believe that she is evading arrest,” said Assistant Inspector Jayawant Patil of Bundgarden police station. “We will also conduct a probe into the accident involving the two persons she had gone to meet at Sassoon hospital.”
While Kondhare’s mobile phone was switched off, a person who identified himself as Dada Kumbharkar answered the phone number listed under her name on the PMC website. Kumbharkar said he was Kondhare’s personal assistant and told The Indian Express over the phone,
“Her (Kondhare’s) phone has been switched off since the afternoon. Last night, her son and his friend, who were riding on a motorcycle, had met with an accident after their bike slipped on the road. She was trying to ask the doctors at Sassoon to treat them, but they were not paying any attention. The two are now being treated at a private hospital.”