In a fit of rage, a 42-year-old HIV patient attacked other patients and their relatives with a saline stand inside Bombay Hospital on Monday, killing a 65-year-old man being treated for cancer, Lilabihari Thakur, and grievously injuring two others.
Thakur suffered head and f ace injuries and died during treatment. The others — Prafulch and Jeevanlal Parmar, 70, and Janardan Eknath Arte, 66 — have been admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, while the accused has been moved to JJ hospital for psychiatric treatment.
The i ncident t ook place around 6.30am in the general ward on the third floor. The police said the reason behind the incident is not known, but sources said the accused suffers from acute depression.
"Hospital authorities have told us that the accused is an HIV patient from Agripada who was admitted to the hospital on May 8," said Narendra Singh, senior inspector, Azad Maidan police station. "The reason behind the incident is not clear. We are waiting for the accused’s medical reports. As of now we have booked him for murder."
The hospital spokesperson said the accused, who was admitted for brain tuberculosis, did not show any signs of psychiatric problems.
"He suffered from brain TB, a condition that can cause some amount of neurological imbalance. He was admitted about a year ago with similar health complaints, but we were not aware that the patient had a psychiatric history," the spokesperson said.
The accused’s wife admitted that her husband has a psychiatric history. “On one occasion in the past he was treated at Masina hospital,” she said. "But I don’t understand what triggered the violent behaviour in my husband today."