KOCHI: Father and relatives of Shamna Tasneem, the MBBS student who died at the Kochi Medical College allegedly due to medical negligence, on Monday met the City Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner expressing concern over the slow pace of the probe. “We were told there was no delay on the part of the police. But, there is procedural delay as the police had to wait for various reports before referring the matter to the medical board,” said one of the relatives.
Though the police had assured that the District Medical Officer (DMO) would be informed on Monday to constitute a medical board to look into Shamna’s death, the file did not reach the DMO on Monday. DMO Dr N K Kuttappan, meanwhile, told Express that he was not sure whether his office had received the file, or not. “The officer who handles such communication is on leave. I don’t know whether the file has reached the office by post on Monday, or not,” said Dr Kuttappan. Apart from the DMO, the medical board will have a government pleader, police surgeon of the Alappuzha Medical College and an expert member.
There were reports quoting the Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner that the police had completed the formalities, and that the case would be referred to the medical board on Monday. The case is being investigated by Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy. The case, which was earlier investigated by the Kalamassery police, was later taken over by Binoy. Shamna Tasneem, 19, a second year MBBS student hailing from Mattannur in Kannur, died after an injection was administered on her at the Medical College on July 18. Shamna’s parents alleged that she died due to denial of proper treatment by the hospital authorities.