After woman dies, angry kin hijack hospital van with cops on-board

24 May, 2016

MEERUT: In a shocking incident, angry relatives of woman who died at a local hospital allegedly due to medical negligence hijacked a vehicle carrying her body for post-mortem along with two constables on-board and drove it back to the hospital where they blocked a road and sat on a dharna for hours.

According to sources, the constables inside the vehicle tried to dial 100 for police assistance, but no one picked up the phone. 

According to police sources, 42-year-old Rajbala Kashyap was operated at Subharti Medical College Hospital for removal of gall bladder on Wednesday. According to the woman's husband Vinod Kumar, "She was alright after the operation, but at night she was administered an injection after which she slipped into coma. She was moved to ICU and put on ventilator. All this while, the doctors kept assuring us that she would be cured even when her condition kept worsening. Later on Mondaynight, the hospital administration declared her dead." 



By Tuesday morning, the victim's angry relatives, villagers and scores of community members reached the hospital and locked its gates. They demanded a monetary compensation of Rs 25 lakh as well as a job for the son of the deceased woman. Even as the protests was on, the victim's body was secretly moved out in a hospital van with two constables on-board for the post-mortem. "When the agitators realized that the body had been moved out, they chased the van and took control of it. The driver was beaten up and the van was taken back to the hospital," a protester said. 


Later, the agitators laid the body on road and staged a dharna for hours.


Subharti University founder Atul Krishna, however, denied any medical negligence. "The woman was operated on May 18. On the same evening, she suffered a heart attack. The hospital staff had communicated to the family about the danger to her life. We are not averse to any inquiry into the matter, but it must be impartial. Regarding the job demand, the medical college has accepted to employ the woman's son on humanitarian grounds."


Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed at Jani police station against two staff members of the hospital. Station officer Sanjeev Kumar said, "A case has been registered on the basis of complaint made by the victim's husband."