Three doctors were attacked and around five interns were verbally abused at Thane civil hospital by more than 12 youngsters on Wednesday for an alleged delay in treatment. No arrests have been made so far because the group fled just before the police arrived. Doctors at the hospital have threatened to go on strike if the accused are not caught.
Around 3pm on Wednesday, a group of more than 12 people barged into the casualty ward at Thane civil hospital, the police said.
One of them allegedly had a deep cut on his hand and they wanted a doctor to treat him immediately.
“They rushed into the casualty ward and forced the doctors who were working there to treat their friend first. The impatient youth then proceeded to assaulting three doctors working in the casualty ward, while the interns, all women, who were standing nearby were abused and threatened by the accused,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police from zone 1.
The police said while one of the doctors, Dr Javed Khan, 26, was injured badly, the other two, Dr Salman Khan, 23, Dr Sabih Hassain Fakki, 21, suffered bruises.
After assaulting the staff, the group ransacked the hospital and created a ruckus, the police said.
“We rushed to spot. But by the time we reached, the assailants had fled on their bikes. We are going through the CCTV footage. A case has been lodged,” Trimukhe said.
Additional commissioner of police (Thane) Makrand Ranade said, “We have increased security outside the hospital. There were four police constables at the hospital when the incident occurred.”
Doctors at the hospital have threatened to go on strike. BC Kempipatil, Thane hospital civil surgeon, said, “If no strict action is taken we might go on strike. We want more security guards to protect us.”