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Case lodged, but no arrests made

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Barnala, March 09, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:08 IST(9/3/2013)

The local police and district administration have failed to take any action against the erring contractor and officials of municipal council and sewerage board against whom a case of 'causing death due to negligence' was registered.

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The family of Sobrajjeet Singh, who had succumbed to his injuries he had received after his motorcycle hit a sewerage-cleaning machine on January 28, had also alleged that Sobrajjeet died due to the negligence of the doctors at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana on February 6. But, the police are yet to lodge a case against the doctors.

Now, the action committee formed by the well-wishers of the victim family has decided to launch a stir from March 25.

On February 19, HT reported that the board of doctors that conducted the post-mortem had found a piece of medicinal glove in one of the two iatrogenic injuries (related to medical procedures), hinting at negligence on part of the doctors.

It was also mentioned in the report that injuries caused during medical procedures and treatment to drain out internal bleeding caused due to lung injury could have led to Sobraj's death.

The police have registered a case against the unidentified contractor and other workers of the sewerage board under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) on February 17.

Gurdhyial Singh, convener of the action committee, said it was shocking that police was yet to take note of the issue as nor arrests had been made in the case.

Singh also alleged instead of taking any action, concerned district administration authorities were trying to save the doctors of DMCH.

“Nothing has been done since Sobraj's death. Despite several assurances, police failed to arrest any of the erring contractors. We had also met deputy commissioner over the issue who assured to take action in 10 days but to no avail,” he said.

 The action committee has also decided to distribute leaflets in Ludhiana, Barnala and other districts to highlight the negligence of doctors.

Deputy commissioner Indu Malhotra said they had already written to Ludhiana DC to constitute a high level board of doctors to look into the allegations of the family. “We are yet to receive any response from our counterparts in Ludhiana. Any action against doctors and other officials will be taken after report of board of doctors,” Malhotra said.  

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