In a shocking incident, family members and attendants of a female patient on Sunday morning abused, assaulted and dragged a government medical officer on road at Nokha in Rohtas district, about 150 km southwest of the state capital.
The victim medical officer, Dr Saroj Singh, who also happens to be the Rohtas district president of Contractual Doctors’ Association, ran towards the nearby bus stand to save his life, but the angry relatives of the patient chased him and dragged him on road in full public view, leaving him badly bruised. Bus stand staff and passengers somehow managed to free the doctor from the clutches of the assaulters.
The doctor subsequently lodged an FIR for the murderous attack against two named and five unidentified persons.
Doctors in Rohtas and Kaimur districts were agitated after the incident and threatened to launch an agitation and boycott duty if the assailants were not arrested within 48 hours.
Dr Singh said that the patient with advanced stage pregnancy had been visiting the Nokha primary health centre for the last several days and doctors there advised her to go to a higher medical institution, as she was a severe anemic and her child had even stopped movement in the womb. But she did not listen to the advice.
In the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, she was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. The doctors and nurses somehow saved her life after hours of hard work and she delivered a dead child with a decomposed body at 4.45am on Sunday.
The nurses administered her life saving drugs and Dr Singh again advised the patient to go to some higher institution for further checkups and specialised treatment to avoid further complications.
But her family members became angry, used foul language and thrashed Dr Singh resulting in multiple injuries on the head, hands and other parts of his body. The vision in the right eye was also affected post-assault, the doctor complained.
The secretary of the Rohtas district unit of the Indian Medical Association, Dr Vinay Tiwary and the president, Kaimur district unit of the Contractual Doctors’ Association, Dr Dineshwar Kumar Singh said the incident was shocking and shameful. They threatened stir and duty boycott if action was not taken. They also demanded security to doctors at work.
Meanwhile, some of the relatives of the patient alleged that the “rude and inhuman behaviour” of the doctor led to the clash and that Dr Singh was levelling false charges.
Rohtas superintendent of police Chandan Kushwaha said he had directed the police to investigate the matter and strict action would be taken against the assailants.