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Cops beaten up at hospital

Calcutta, Jan. 18: Family members and neighbours of a patient admitted to Calcutta National Medical College Hospital assaulted police personnel and ransacked an outpost today after cops allegedly beat up some of them following an argument over entering a ward after visiting hours.

The personnel at the police outpost in the hospital compound also allegedly assaulted the son of the local Trinamul councillor when the duo arrived at the hospital.

The family members and neighbours of the patient, who underwent a surgery today, beat up some police personnel, ransacked the CCTV room and damaged furniture. Around 150 protesters blocked CIT Road in front of the hospital for a few minutes from 1pm.

Hospital sources said some family members of Pervez Alam, who lives near the hospital, had tried to enter the male surgical ward to see him around 12.30pm, 30 minutes after the visiting hours were over. Alam’s daughters Heena Parveen and Nahid Ahmed, wife Yasin Begum and relative Nazia Ahmed said they were carrying food for the patient.

The family members alleged they were stopped by policemen at the gate of the ward even though they were “only five minutes late”.

“The police personnel hit us without provocation,” Nahid said. Nazia suffered a cut on her nose.

The police and civic police personnel on duty at the gate said the family was not carrying food.

“We resisted when all of them tried to get in. They argued with us and then beat us up. We reacted in self-defence,” a civic policewoman said.

Nahid called up some male members of the family. Soon, a large group of family members and neighbours arrived at the hospital and allegedly went on the rampage.

The police said five persons were arrested for blocking the road.

Partha Pratim Pradhan, the medical superintendent of the hospital, said services were not affected.