The Kasturba police arrested four persons on Monday for thrashing a doctor and ransacking and damaging the property of civic-run Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivli.
According to the Kasturba police, the incident took place on Sunday afternoon.
The arrested, identified as Omkar Jangam, Rajesh Ghadiyal, Krishna Chikimaal and Nikhil Manjrekar, have been charged of assault and criminal intimidation, the police said.
Omkar, the relative of Shankar Jangam, claimed that the hospital delayed in giving him treatment. However, the hospital authorities denied his claims.
The injured doctor, Dr Ketan Parihar (35), is undergoing treatment at Bhagwati Hospital after the patient’s relatives beat him up. His condition is said to be stable.
The police said Omkar bought Shankar, who was suffering from high fever, to the hospital late on Sunday. He got into a verbal feud with the doctors on duty after they informed him that there was delay in bringing in the patient.
“After the doctors realised that Omkar was under the influence of alcohol they asked him to leave. He left the hospital however returned with his friends after midnight. The accused then beat up Dr Ketan one of the doctors on duty,” said Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Thakur of Kasturba police station.
“The four damaged the hospital property and took Shankar with them,” Thakur added.
The police approached first Shankar and after questioning him arrested Omkar who later revealed the names of his friends.
Dr Sudhir Vyas, chief medical officer, Shatabadi Hospital, said, “Shankar was suffering from fever and was brought to the casualty department. He was admitted to the general ward at 12.40 am on Monday. However, at around 1 am, I heard commotion in the ward and saw the patient’s relatives beating up the resident doctor.”
Dr Mahendra Wadiwalla, medical superintendent, Bhagwati Hospital, said, “There is an injury below his [Dr Ketan] left eye. So we are keeping him under observation for now. But his condition is stable.”