A doctor allegedly hid the body of a newborn in a dustbin inside operation theatre before referring the mother who had already died during surgery to another hospital in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Thursday.
The newborn’s body was recovered by a police team led by Hussainabad officer-in-charge Santosh Kumar Gupta following a complaint from the tragedy-hit family. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained, police said.
Rambha Devi, 24, who was staying with her parents at Sinduria village, had been admitted to a private nursing home owned by Dr Ajay Kumar in Hussainabad block on Wednesday. The doctor had advised surgery to the woman and her parents for delivery. But Devi died during the operation on Thursday morning, the family claimed.
Holding Dr Kumar and medical staff responsible for the deaths, the family has sought legal action against them. "Dr Ajay Kumar not only killed my wife and baby, but he also tried to mislead us by referring the dead body to another hospital," Awadesh Paswan wrote in his complaint.
Angry locals stooped traffic on the Japla-Chhaterpur road for four hours in the morning, demanding stern action against quacks for putting the lives of patients in danger. The locals alleged that Kumar did not have the proper medical background to give advice and conduct surgeries.
The traffic was restored only after Hussainabad sub divisional officer Umakant Pathak assured action against the doctor besides announcing compensation to the family, as per the government rules.
"We have received complaint that the pregnant woman died during the operation. We are probing if there was any medical negligence by the doctor. After verifying, we will definitely take stern action against the culprit," Palamu superintendent of police, Mayur Patel said.
Meanwhile, the police have sealed the private nursing home and sent the bodies for post-mortem.