Agartala, Sept. 20: The head of the forensic medicine department of GB Hospital here allegedly misbehaved with Congress legislator Ratan Lal Nath last night over the post-mortem of a boy who died soon after being discharged from the hospital yesterday.
Sources said the boy, Samir Debbarma, 9, was released from the hospital yesterday morning. But around 30 minutes after reaching his house at Krishna Nagar here, he fell seriously ill and his body started convulsing. His father Kartik rushed him back to the hospital, where he was declared dead within moments of being admitted.
Debbarma was not allowed to take the body home. He was told that a post-mortem would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the boy’s death.
He immediately contacted Nath, the legislator who represents his residential area (Lefunga). Nath asked him to seek that the post-mortem be videographed in the presence of a magistrate. “Despite Debbarma’s request, the head of forensic medicine Dr Ranjit Das started the post-mortem. I rushed to the hospital on being informed about this and asked Das why he had started the procedure. But he misbehaved with me. I, however, stood my ground and videography was partially done in the presence of additional sub-divisional magistrate (sadar) Shubhasish Das,” Nath said.
The former leader of the Opposition said he had to seek state health minister Tapan Chakraborty’s intervention to secure the father’s “legal rights”.
Nath alleged that GB Hospital had become a “death chamber”, because of malpractices by a section of doctors and health workers.