|Mehboob Hossain (Pranab Debnath)
Krishnagar, Aug. 12: A visually challenged man was hit in the eye and beaten up allegedly by security guards at a government hospital in Nadia for protesting when they harassed his wife moments before her discharge.
Mehboob Hossain, 38, a secretary of a Hooghly organisation that works for the visually challenged, was administered four stitches above his right eye. The four guards, outsourced by Shaktinagar district hospital in Krishnagar from a private agency, are absconding.
Mehboob was talking to his wife outside the female ward when the guards allegedly made lewd comments about her. He was assaulted when he protested. Mehboob was rescued by relatives of other patients. They took Mehboob, bleeding from a cut above his right eye, to the local police station. He was later admitted to Shaktinagar district hospital.
Krishnagar police are yet to trace the four guards.
Mehboob, who has two school-going sons, has also suffered injuries on his face, nose and chest. He alleged that the guards continued kicking and punching him after he fell on the ground and pleaded for mercy.
Mehboob’s wife Saira, who had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday after she complained of abdominal pain, said she was speaking to her husband about formalities that needed to be completed before her discharge when the guards passed lewd remarks at her.
“My husband came to meet me with a valid entry pass around 8.30 this morning to discuss about my discharge. When he was leaving, I came out of the ward to help him. He was walking away when I called him and reminded him to return to the hospital after some time to complete the formalities for my discharge,” Saira said.
“He did not hear me properly and turned back to ask what I had said. But the guards stopped him. I requested them to allow him but they abused me. They passed lewd comments at me. When my husband protested, they beat him up,” Saira added.
Hospital superintendent Himadri Halder said he had heard about the incident. “I have started a separate inquiry into the alleged attack. Stringent action will be taken against the accused if they are found guilty,” he said.