The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 29 , 2014
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Slain cop’s colleagues do what govt doesn’t

A guard of honour being given to sub-inspector Amit Chakraborty at the Suri police lines on Monday. Telegraph picture

Suri/Durgapur, July 28: A section of Birbhum police today said the government did not give any money for the treatment of sub-inspector Amit Chakraborty that cost Rs 30 lakh over the 55 days he was admitted at a Durgapur private hospital.

The police officers said they raised Rs 9 lakh among themselves to pay for Chakraborty’s surgeries and medical bills at the Mission Hospital.

The hospital authorities said Chakraborty’s family had paid Rs 12 lakh — the amount raised by the sub-inspector’s colleagues and an insurance of Rs 3 lakh.

Home department officials admitted “the case was not followed up properly”, adding that the bill would be processed and a portion of it reimbursed “soon”.

Chakraborty’s family members will get Rs 5 lakh as “death compensation”.

A police officer in Birbhum alleged the district administration had not bothered to even enquire about Chakraborty’s health.

“He did not get his due…. The hospital authorities released the body on compassionate grounds. About Rs 18 lakh of the Rs 30.7 lakh is left to be paid,” the police officer said.

“The government has not released any money till now for his treatment,” he added.

According to a senior officer, policemen across Birbhum decided to pool in money for their colleague after the government allegedly did not respond to an estimated bill the district police chief had sent to Nabanna.

“Each officer in charge of the police stations in Birbhum was requested to raise a minimum of Rs 1 lakh to meet the medical expenditure,” the officer said.

Chakraborty’s treatment had amounted to Rs 20 lakh in the first 19 days of his admission.

An official of Mission Hospital said today: “Seven critical surgeries were done on him. He was kept on ventilation support and given costly life-saving drugs.”

The official added that Chakraborty was admitted on June 3 with serious injuries in his abdomen and was kept in the ICU since. The sub-inspector had suffered splinter injuries from a crude bomb that was hurled at him allegedly by Trinamul supporters when he tried to save a CPM leader’s house from being torched.

According to a police officer in Birbhum, district police chief Alok Rajoria had sent a bill to Nabanna urging the government to pay for Chakraborty’s treatment. “When we didn’t get any response, we decided to arrange for the money somehow,” an officer said.

Rajoria said: “We got some money from his insurance coverage. The remaining, we collected ourselves.”

The hospital said it had received Rs 12.8 lakh — Rs 3.8 lakh from Chakraborty’s medical insurance coverage and the Rs 9 lakh his colleagues had raised.

“The family members of the police officer paid Rs 12.8 lakh to us. They have assured us that the remaining amount would be paid soon. We have released the body,” said Prabir Mukherjee, chief executive officer of the Mission Hospital.

According to home department officials, the government was supposed to reimburse a portion of the bill. The amount would be worked out once the bill is examined.

“The bill is first sent to the finance department through the home department once the police directorate approves it. In this case, it appears the case was not followed up properly,” a home department official said.

Senior officials at Nabanna said Chakraborty’s medical expenditure would be cleared as soon as the bills were processed.