When Halima Bibi, 28, from Labhpur was informed by a doctor of the local block centre on Thursday that she was carrying twin babies, possibly underweight, she was advised to get admitted to Suri Sadar Hospital since they had a properly equipped ‘sick newborn baby unit there. But little did she know what lay in store for her!
On Friday morning, she was officially operated on by Dr Sakshi Gopal Mukherjee by hospital records and two babies were brought out — one dead and another fit and fine.
But, when Halima Bibi went back home on Saturday, she told her family that it was not actually Dr Mukherjee who had done the operation. He had asked two nurses to do it. “They brought out one baby and stitched up her abdomen. When she told them there was another baby, they again operated on her, but it was too late! By then, the second baby was dead,” said Md Mohiruddin, Halima’s husband.
Upon hearing this shocking news, people from Halima’s family raided the hospital at about 10.30 on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, a group of her relatives, numbering about 30, stormed the hospital and ransacked the office of the deputy superintendent, Dr Sushanta Makar. They also ransacked the gynaecology ward before they beat up and physically assaulted nurses and doctors, who ceased work.
When alerted, the police rushed to the hospital and lathicharged the marauding mob. The police have arrested three so far, including Md Mohiruddin.
Dr Mukherjee, when contacted by Hindustan Times, refused to comment, but Dr Manabendra Ghosh, superintendent of the hospital, said, “We’ve started a probe. The truth will surely come out.”