| Pal at a private clinic for a CT-Scan on his head. Picture by Nityananda Sarkar
Raiganj, July 13: A physician was severely beaten up outside his private chamber today by a group of three who accused him of keeping a “seriously-ill” patient waiting.
The group comprised the patient’s son and his two friends. All three are reportedly members of a club in town and owe allegiance to the CPM. Police have detained one of the friends.
The relatives of the patient, on the other hand, have filed an FIR against the doctor.
The assaulted physician, Uttam Pal, said like every other day, he was attending to patients in his chamber in Ukilpara around 11am when he heard a commotion outside.
“I went to see what it was all about. There were two youths who had come with an elderly woman and they demanded that I attend to her without delay as she was feeling extremely ill,” Pal said.
The doctor added that the youths were on the verge of beating up his chamber attendant and wanted to jump the queue of patients waiting outside. “Still, to calm tempers, I took the elderly woman inside, ran an electro-cardiogram test on her, checked her blood pressure and prescribed medicines,” Pal added.
The patient, Maya Sarkar, however, claimed that the doctor had made her wait and performed the tests perfunctorily. “While checking my pressure, he did not even put the stethoscope to his ears,” she alleged.
“I was seriously ill and that is why my son and his friends wanted to jump the queue of patients and get me examined by the doctor,” Sarkar added.
Pal said after he released the patient, the two youths returned a little later with another person and dragged him out and beat him up for nearly 10 minutes. “When they tried to flee, the drivers in the taxi stand across my chamber caught one of them,” he said.
The attackers are all members of a club in Debinagar, where the Sarkars live, said the police.
Kalishankar Bhattacharya, the doctor who attended Pal at the emergency ward of the district hospital, said he has head injuries and a CT-Scan has been done, though the report is yet to arrive. Pal is still in hospital.
Soon afterwards, private practitioners in town shut down their chambers and took to the streets demanding the arrest of Pal’s assailants. The Raiganj unit of the Indian Medical Association convened a meeting tonight and decided that the chambers will remain closed tomorrow as well.