THE HAMIDIA Hospital has been a target for thieves over the past several months despite repeated exercises by hospital authorities to beef up vigil and increase the number of private security guards.
Nearly half-a-dozen thefts and attempted break-ins have occurred in various wards of the hospital in the past four-five months. The most recent theft occurred past midnight on January 16.
Thieves targeted the squint testing room in the hospital’s ophthalmology ward and made away with a caratometer and a refraction trial box. The cost of both stolen items is nearly Rs 30,000, sources told Hindustan Times.
A complaint was formally lodged with the Koh-e-Fiza police station. Meanwhile, some thieves again tried to break in the ophthalmology ward operation theatre the very next morning at about 6.30 a.m. by breaking glasses of the ward’s door.
However, their attempt was futile, as some junior doctors present inside the ward heard the noises and raised an alarm. The thieves still managed to flee the spot giving a slip to the security guards on duty, sources claimed.
Confirming both the incidents, hospital superintendent Dr V K Pandya said, “We have got the broken glasses and doors reinforced through the Public Works Department (PWD).’’ He, however, added thefts were a common thing everywhere and not just in the hospital. “The thefts should not be treated as something very unusual,’’ Dr Pandya maintained.
He said part of a wall behind the ophthalmology ward had been destroyed during the dismantling of the jail and private wards that were located at the spot earlier. “The area beyond the broken wall is deserted and thieves gain entry into the hospital premises from there,’’ Dr Pandya stated.
The ophthalmology ward had been targeted earlier too in November 2006. That time, two thieves had broken into the doctors’ consultation chambers by breaking doors. Both the culprits, however, had been nabbed during that attempted theft.
The hospital’s radiotherapy department was also targeted by thieves during September and October 2006 The girls told them that they were not willing to go with him further. One of the girls said that they felt the youth tried to make them smell some substance. Subsequently, the crowd thrashed the youth and took him to TT Nagar police station.
The police found that the youth is addicted to smelling the whitener used in erasing typed script and two bottles of the liquid were recovered from his possession. Gajbhiye is son of a Head Constable, who is posted with the Special Armed Forces. Though confusion persisted over the entire incident, police ruled out possibility of the youth trying to abduct the girls.
TT Nagar Station Officer (SO) Rakesh Sharma said that prima facie there was no case against the youth as the girls had asked for lift. Besides, an idli-seller confirmed that the girl had not jumped off the two-wheeler to escape but had fallen off. Both the girls were administered medication and later sent back to their homes.
The residents were alarmed especially because a couple of incidents, including the attempt to kidnap a schoolgirl from Habibganj and the abduction of another girl from Bagh Sewania were reported in the State capital recently.