Sunil Kumar Bera Chowdhury
Relatives of a patient ransacked a nursing home in Beleghata on Thursday, alleging death because of medical negligence.
Glass doors and windows were smashed and two computers and several telephones damaged.
Sunil Kumar Bera Chowdhury, a resident of Narkeldanga and a central government employee, was admitted to Divine nursing home with a diabetic foot ulcer on Sunday. Chowdhury was stung on his right leg by a bee last week and the sting caused the ulcer. He underwent a surgery on Sunday and was scheduled to be released the next day but developed medical complications.
Chowdhury was released on Thursday morning but died soon after, around 11am. Hospital officials said he had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Family members, however, blamed the death on medical negligence. “He had high blood sugar and despite that the doctors went ahead with the surgery without precautions. The nursing home discharged him without proper medical attention,” said Gopal Roy, Chowdhury’s cousin.
A mob raided the nursing home lobby around 4pm and went on the rampage. “Some people even managed to enter the office and threatened employees,” said Bhaskar Ganguly, the manager of the nursing home.
A team of officers from Beleghata police station reached the spot and dispersed the mob.
Police there neither the nursing home authorities nor Chowdhury’s family members filed a complaint. “A mob ransacked the nursing home for 10 minutes. Our officers dispersed the crowd,” said Dhrubajyoti De, deputy commissioner (ESD), Calcutta police.
Pampa Adak, 17, was rescued by two nurses from a women’s compartment of a local train in Uluberia. Swagata Maity and Rumpa Das found Pampa crying in the compartment. She told them that her family in Sabang in West Midnapore was trying to sell her off. The duo took her to Jagacha police station, from where she was sent to a Liluah home.