A doctor, originally from Pakistan, and a ward boy working with Apollo hospital who were arrested by the Gandhinagar police for allegedly raping a patient in the ICU on Thursday, were sent to police remand till Saturday afternoon for further investigation. The victim who is being diagnosed with severe dengue had lodged an FIR with the Adalaj police earlier this week.
The 21-year-old patient was allegedly raped by the accused doctor Rajesh Chauhan and ward boy Chandrakant Vankar allegedly in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. Two days after lodging the FIR the local Adalaj police arrested the accused duo. The Adalaj police on Friday produced them before the Gandhinagar district court for further custody. The court granted remand of the accused till Saturday afternoon.
Police said that Chauhan is originally from Sindh province in Pakistan who is in Ahmedabad on a long term visa. Police said that based on prima facie evidence, suggesting rape, Chauhan and Vankar were arrested. Besides, according to senior police officers, an identification parade was conducted in the hospital in the presence of executive magistrate. The said that the victim identified the accused duo.
“There are injuries mark in the private parts of the victims. We have examined her medical condition and samples have been sent for forensic examination,” said a senior police officer requesting not to be quoted. Earlier, the Adalaj police inspector KK Pandya had told this paper that the victim was raped twice while she was unconscious.
The hospital spokesperson, Sandip Joshi, refused to divulge any information while saying, “we are cooperating with the police who are investigating the case. We have nothing more to say.”