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Hospital official beaten up by doctors

Midnapore, May 15: The deputy superintendent of Midnapore Medical College Hospital was today beaten up allegedly by junior doctors who also ransacked his room following an altercation over security.

Biswanath Das was admitted to the hospital with a bleeding nose and bruises in several parts of his body.

Sources said a group of junior doctors had struck work at the hospital since this morning, demanding proper security at the facility. They alleged that they had been threatened by relatives and neighbours of a patient who accused them of negligence the previous night.

“We don’t know what negligence they were talking about. The patient was absolutely fine. They entered the ward and threatened some of us. Local Trinamul workers intervened and asked the agitators to leave. If such is the condition of security, how can we work safely here?” a junior doctor asked, declining to be identified.

The Midnapore hospital has six policemen who work in shifts. A private security guard mans each ward.

The hospital authorities proposed a meeting this morning with the striking doctors and told them to come to the deputy superintendent’s office in the afternoon.

The doctors alleged that Das kept them waiting in his office for several minutes and behaved rudely with them.

“First, he arrived late, then, he misbehaved with us. He told us rudely that it was not possible for the hospital to give security to each and every doctor. He told us to leave if we wished to and became aggressive. We couldn’t control our anger,” another doctor said.

After attacking Das, the junior doctors ransacked his office — broke CCTV cameras, an LCD television set, a fax machine and telephones.

Medical superintendent Jugal Kar, who was on leave, said an FIR had been lodged.