Street Justice, ACP style. Following a protest by the kin of a deceased woman against the Preet Hospital authorities at New Shivpuri, the police lathicharged the protesters on Sunday night. After some protesters hurled stones, the police made residents come out of their houses and forced them to slap each other.A 35-year-old woman, Shanti, was admitted to Preet Hospital a few days ago. When her condition deteriorated, she was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in an auto as the ambulance was unavailable. She was declared dead at the DMCH, said her husband, Vinod Kushwaha.The woman’s relatives gathered at Preet Hospital to register their protest. They blamed the medical staff for the woman’s death. They kept her body outside the hospital and staged a dharna, seeking action against the hospital staff.When the protesters refused to call off the protest, the police lathicharged them. The police also told the local residents standing on streets and on the rooftops of their houses to go inside. Meanwhile, unidentified persons started hurling stones, which forced the police to make residents come out of their quarters located near the hospital. The police personnel break the doors of some quarters to bring dwellers out. Sources said Assistant Commissioner of Police Sachin Gupta allegedly ordered these residents to slap each other. The police had asked the local residents as well as media persons not to take photos of the incident.
The photo journalist of a Hindi paper alleged that Gupta tried to snatch his camera when he clicked a photo as the police official allegedly slapped a resident.A local resident said: “The police created fear among the residents who were not even part of any protest. No resident was allowed to stay on streets and on rooftops.” The police on Monday morning also conducted a march in the area.
Kin seek action against Preet Hospital. On Monday, the relatives of the deceased woman met senior police officials and sought action against the hospital authorities. Shanti’s husband Vinod Kushwaha said: “My wife was suffering from fever and was under treatment at Preet Hospital.The doctor told us that she needed to be shifted to the DMCH. The Preet Hospital staff failed to arrange an ambulance and my wife was shifted to the DMCH in an auto-rickshaw. My wife died due to negligence on the part of the medical staff at Preet Hospital.” “Instead of providing us justice, the police lathicharged us”, he added.Woman given proper treatment: The Preet Hospital staff denied all allegations, saying that they gave proper treatment to the woman. The hospital staff claimed that the woman was shifted to the DMCH timely.
DCP justifies lathichargeACP Sachin Gupta refused to comment on the issue. When contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimbale said: “The police took action against only those who were protesting in an unlawful manner. The police conducted lathicharge only after stone pelting. The police did not carry out any resident out of houses and all these allegations are completely baseless.” Source: The Tribune
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