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Shaky Apollo suspends doc

Ranchi, May 23: The management of Apollo Hospitals today slapped a showcause on employee Azaz Hashmi, a young doctor whom the NIA picked up from the hospital yesterday for questioning after a laptop belonging to Patna blast accused Haider Ali was recovered from his Bariatu hostel room.

Issuing 26-year-old Hashmi the suspension notice, Apollo Hospitals management asked him to explain within a week the circumstances behind the NIA taking him for a five-hour marathon interrogation.

Hospital’s medical superintendent P.D. Sinha told The Telegraph that though the NIA released Hashmi, the management thought it proper to take disciplinary action seeing the “gravity of the situation”.

“He’s sober and hard working, and the hospital management has had no complaint against him since he joined us this February. But it is a must for the management to know what compelled the NIA to pick up from hospital for questioning,” Sinha added.

Sources at RIMS in Bariatu said Hashmi was seen this morning working in the unit of Dr J.K. Mitra.

Hashmi, an intern of RIMS too, completed his MBBS in 2013 from the Bariatu medical college (not Aligarh University as reported on May 23).

“After his MBBS from RIMS, the doctor is doing his internship. He is supposed to rotate across departments during his internship. So, he’s with me for the past few days and will stay for another month and a half,” Mitra said.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto remained tight-lipped.

Sources said the NIA today again questioned Hashmi at a site near Singh More, Jagannathpur thana area.

But, as city police refused to share information, contradictory versions emerged on the reason behind Hashmi’s questioning.

An official at RIMS said no explosives had been found from Hashmi’s room at Idris Medical Hostel in Bariatu. “One Shoaib Akhtar, who supplies grocery items to Idris hostel mess, had given the doctor the laptop to keep,” he said.

A police officer, not wanting to come on record, said: “The doctor and Shoaib are not directly involved in the blasts and might have agreed to become NIA witnesses.”

Haider, originally from Bihar, and allegedly an Indian Mujahideen member who masterminded the Patna blasts at Narendra Modi’s rally on October 27, 2013, which killed eight persons, was arrested on Wednesday. He was carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.