Couple try to drink poison at public hearing in Ujjain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ujjain/Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 27, 2016 17:00 IST

Fed up with delay in redressal of grievances, a couple tried to commit suicide by consuming poison at “Jan Sunwai” (weekly public grievance hearing) in Ujjain district on Tuesday. Similarly, another man attempted suicide in Vidisha district over the same issue.

The couple - Tina and Vinod – was angry over non-action against a government doctor, whose negligence treatment led to death of their newborn son in June.

Doctor allegedly refused to admit the newborn at the govt hospital

The couple said their newborn son fell ill less than a week after birth. On June 23, when they brought the infant to a government hospital, Dr Rahul Gupta allegedly refused to admit him. The child was admitted only after a complaint was lodged on CM Helpline, but he died two days later. Vinod said doctors at the hospital also refused to conduct post mortem.

The couple said despite complaining the matter to authorities no action was taken against the doctor posted at Ujjain district hospital.

Senior officials at the Jan Sunwai said the matter was already being probed and if found guilty the doctor would not be spared.

Man consumes poison at Vidisha collectorate

In the Vidisha collectorate, Mangal Kushwah, 50, consumed poison after failing to get his land freed from one his neighbours in Kulhar village. He alleged that a patwari and a clerk at Ganjbasoda tehsil were favouring land squatter Gorelal.

Vidisha collector MB Ojha told Hindustan Times: “We first rushed him (Kushwah) to the district hospital from where he was referred to Bhopal.”

“On June 26, I ordered the tehsildar to act against the land squatter and get the land vacated. But in the light of the allegations now, I’ve immediately suspended the patwari and clerk and ordered a probe into the episode by ADM. Also orders have been issued to immediately vacate Mangal’s land,” the collector said.

Retired forest guard threatens to take gun

At Chhattarpur district collectorate, retired forest guard Buddha Singh Dahawat, whose house has allegedly been captured by a powerful group of tribal, threatened to take gun if the administration didn’t get his house vacated.

“I’ve met all concerned officials in the police and district administration, but no one has helped me to get my house vacated from tribals, who have captured it two years ago. I am left with no option,” said Dahawat.

“If they don’t get my house vacated in 3-4 days, I will take gun and resolve the matter for which district and police officials will be responsible,” he said.

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