Alleging medical negligence, the family members of an accident victim who was declared brought dead by a duty doctor at Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS), attacked the doctors and staff and damaged the hospital furniture on Saturday night.
Vinod (20), along with three others, had suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a lorry. He was rushed to the Alur government hospital, where he was administered first aid and was referred to HIMS for further treatment. The doctors at HIMS, however, declared Vinod brought dead. The unrelenting family members went berserk, attacking doctors and ransacking the hospital.
Superintendent of Police Rahul Kumar Shahpurwad visited the hospital and took stock of the situation. The police have taken two people into custody after verifying CCTV footage.
A few nursing students, who are witness to the attack, told DH that an accident victim was brought to the hospital in the wee hours of Saturday. On examination, the victim was found dead and the doctor who announced it and other staff were assaulted by the mob.
Following the incident, the students of Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences staged a protest wearing black bands on Sunday. They demanded suitable protection for the doctors and paramedics working in the hospital.
District Surgeon Dr Shankar said police have registered cases against eight people for obstructing the doctors.
The SP has promised that the attackers will be arrested after looking into the CCTV footage, he added.