Three resident doctors at Sir JJ Hospital, who were arrested for allegedly abusing and manhandling policemen when they were caught driving under the influence of alcohol, were suspended for six months on Friday.
The incident took place when the car in which Shiv Mahinderu, 26, Ved Ravesh and Rahul Jain, both 28 were travelling in was stopped in Tardeo during a drink driving nakabandi.
According to the police, a traffic constable asked Ravesh, who was driving the car, to show his driver’s licence. He allegedly refused to show it, after which another police officer asked him to take the breathalyser test.
The police found his alcohol was 506mg per 100ml of blood, much higher than the permissible limit. When the officers tried to take them to the police station, they physically resisted and even grabbed a policeman by the collar. They also reportedly created a ruckus at the Tardeo police station and tried to vandalise the place.
The three were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act for drink driving, arguing with policemen, assaulting, abusing and threatening them.
The hospital dean, Dr TP Lahane, had instituted a committee to conduct an inquiry into the incident. On Friday, the committee recommended a six-month suspension for the doctors, as punishment for bringing “disrepute” to the institution.
Following their suspension, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors has withdrawn its support to Mahinderu and Jain. “We were told they were not involved in the violence. However, we support the academic committee’s decision,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, president, MARD.
On Monday, the hospital authorities had said the doctors had not assaulted the policemen. “I had visited the police station. It was just a case of an argument between the police and our students. They did not assault the policemen,” Lahane had said.