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Brawling DDU docs trouble cops

delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2011 01:58 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi police have filed an FIR against two doctors of the Deen Dayal Upadhay (DDU) Hospital for vandalising the police control room inside the hospital last week over a minor issue.

Police say they have received 60 calls this year about the doctors of this hospital being involved in brawls, which has forced them to take up the matter with the Delhi government.

"Sometimes the doctors get involved in scuffles with patients and sometimes with the police. We had taken up the matter with senior doctors of the hospital earlier, but things didn't improve. We will now take up the matter with Delhi government," a senior police officer said.

On November 16, a doctor had entered into a scuffle with a constable after the latter stopped him from parking his car in front of the police control room. "It was a minor issue but the doctors vandalised the control room and then also filed a complaint in the matter. We registered a case but then a cross complaint was filed by the constable and a case under section 323 (causing hurt) was registered against two doctors," the officer added.

Police said they always receive a cross complaint whenever a doctor is involved in the scuffle but this is for the first time an FIR has been registered against doctors.

Police sources also say that so far seven FIRs have been registered at the Tilak Nagar police station in which doctors were involved in a brawl. They also say that the DDU Hospital doctors have gone on strike about half-a-dozen times. "There have been 60 Daily Diary entries this year so far," the officer said.

On the doctors' part, Dr Parveena Goyal, medical superintendent at DDU, said "When a critical patient dies despite our efforts to salvage him, angry relatives start fighting with our doctors. And this is the definite start to most altercations that often result in police complaints."

"In a recent incident, two constables had beaten up one of the resident doctors on campus. I don't know of any incident the other way round," she added.

Dr Goyal also denied that there have been seven strikes in the past one year. "Recently two strikes had been called by resident doctors and I think on both occasions the doctors were at the receiving end," she added.