Kolkata: A mob of around 40 people, residents of a neighbouring slum, vandalized the state run RG Kar Medical College and Hospital and took over the road leading to Kolkata Railway station for more than half an hour, smashing windscreens of passing cars and holding up normal hospital work.
The Monday evening violence, to protest against the death of a patient, was eerily reminiscent of the mob take-over of a posh South Kolkata apartment block on September 18 to protest against the hit and run death of a scooterist.
Biswajit Mallick, a resident of Belgachia was brought to the hospital around 4 p.m. on Monday with fever. Family alleged that doctors at the emergency wing turned away the patient without any treatment. They claimed that they insisted the patient be admitted. But doctors sent them back home saying that the patient did not need treatment for fever.
Back home the patient's condition got deteriorated and he was brought back to the hospital once more. They alleged that this time too the patient was kept in front of the emergency without any treatment for minutes. Mallick died before getting any medical attention.
Hell broke lose soon after. A mob gathered and vandalizing the hospital. They clashed with the police tried to stop them. With more police force rushed in, the mob spilled over on the road and started pelting stone at passing vehicles. Police had to resort to lathi charge. It tool about half and hour for police to bring the situation under control.
Hospital sources however denied the negligence charges. They said that the patient was brought dead in the emergency wing.
"Since it was brought dead case a post mortem was required. But the patient would not allow post mortem and prevented police from removing the body to the morgue. The trouble started from here," said Dr S Batyabal, principal RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
The hospital authority said that it will also probe whether there was any negligence in dealing with the patient when he was brought for the first time.