Policemen desperate to prevent Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh from speaking to the media went to the extent of making a lathicharge on a crowd of waiting mediamen inside SSKM Hospital premises apart from pushing, pulling and shoving the ailing MP who had a Ryles Tube dangling from his nose.
A few persons who were standing in the hospital premises also received a few blows.
The lathicharge happened around 1:15 pm when Ghosh was being brought back to SSKM Hospital after an EEG test from adjacent Bangur Institute of Neurology (BIN).
The desperation of the policemen increased after Ghosh’s statement began to be aired on TV channels. “Ask them to first arrest those who are 'guilty',” Ghosh managed to comment on the way to BIN for the test.
The police first waited for about 30 minutes while Ghosh waited inside the ambulance.
Ghosh was spotted knocking the door of the ambulance, trying to step out. Dressed in a green hospital robe, with a ryles tube attached to his nose, and sweating, he pleaded to be escorted out of the ambulance. The windows of the vehicles were closed so that the MP could not speak to journalists.
Finally, when Ghosh was escorted out of the ambulance towards the main block, his face was covered by a police cap to prevent him from saying anything to the reporters standing next to the ambulance.
Amidst a dense crowd, police were seen pulling him down from the ambulance and pushed inside the hospital building.