Rampur: In a strange turn of events, a government doctor and a pharmacist at the district hospital here were booked for attempt to murder after they "failed" to provide a bed to a woman, who turned out to be the mother of a member of the Samajwadi Party and neighbor of UP minister Azam Khan.
Dr Mukut Lal has rubbished the charges against him and alleged that the police registered the case under pressure from the minister.
The police registered an FIR against the two government employees on Sundayevening.
According to officials, Usman Khan, the SP activist and a neighbour of UP 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 suffering from 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 protested against Dr Lal and pharmacist Manish Srivastava.
On the complaint of Usman, Kotwali police registered an FIR under sections related to attempted murder against the doctor and the pharmacist.
"The complaint is totally false. I had attended to the patient immediately after she was brought to the emergency section. Police have filed the FIR against me under pressure from the minister," said Lal, talking to TOI.
"The allegations by the son of the patient are baseless. He brought his mother here on Sunday
evening on a complaint of high blood pressure. Lal, who was the doctor on duty, and Srivastava provided treatment and medicines. There was no negligence or dereliction of duty," said Dr R K Dhal, chief medical superintendent of the hospital.
Meanwhile, Fashat Ali Khan, media in-charge of Azam, told reporters: "Whoever is found indulging in medical negligence at the hospital will be punished. The charge levelled by Lal that he was booked under political pressure is wrong and condemnable."
Police, meanwhile, said that Usman alleged in his complaint that the doctor and the pharmacist did not provide medical treatment to his mother in order to murder her.
"The complainant had stated that with an intention to kill his mother, Reshma, Lal and Srivastava did not provide her medical treatment and forced her to lie down on a bench instead of a bed," said SHO Kotwali Raghav Ram Mishra.