Rampur: In a strange turn of event, a government doctor and a pharmacist at District Hospital were booked for attempt to murder after they "failed" to provide a bed to a woman, who to their surprise turned out to be the mother of a ruling Samajwadi Party activist and a neighbour to UP minister Azam Khan. The doctor has rubbished the charge of negligence and alleged that the police registered the case "under pressure" from the minister.
The police registered an FIR against the two government officials on Sundayevening.
According to officials, Usman Khan, the SP activist and a neighbour of the UP's urban development minister Azam Khan visited the hospital's emergency services for the treatment of his mother on Sunday evening.
Usman later claimed that the doctors at the hospital did not provide a bed to his mother, who was a patient of high blood pressure.
According to sources, Usman went to Azam with the complaint.
Later, the UP minister, along with some other SP activists, reached the hospital and registered a protest against doctor Mukut Lal and pharmacist Manish Srivastava.
On the complaint of Usman, Kotwali Police registered an FIR against doctor Lal and pharmacist Srivastava under the charges of attempt to murder.
Responding to the charges, Dr Lal said: "The complaint of negligence was totally wrong. I had attended the patient immediately as she was brought to the emergency services. The FIR was registered against me by the police under the pressure of the minister."
Speaking with TOI, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr. R K Dhal , said, "The allegations of the Samajwadi Party activist are baseless. He brought a patient on Sunday
evening and reported about the high blood pressure. Duty doctor Mukut Lal and pharmacist Manish Srivastava provided the medical treatment."
Meanwhile, Fashat Ali Khan, the media in-charge of Azam, told reporters: "Whoever is found indulging in medical negligence will be punished at the hospital. The charge levelled by doctor Lal that he was booked under political pressure is wrong and condemnable."
The police, meanwhile, said that Usman alleged in his complaint that the doctor and the pharmacist did not provide medical treatment to her mother with an intention to kill her.
"The complainant had stated that with an intention to kill his mother, Reshma Khan, doctor Lal and pharmacist Srivastava had not provided her with the medical treatment and forced her to lay down over the bench instead of a bed," said SHO Kothwali Raghv Ram Mishra.