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Cloud over Ludhiana’s DMC hospital as Badals visit critical RSS leader

Patients and hospital staff at Hero DMC Heart Institute were a harried lot after the hospital premises were taken over by 70 cops stationed there to provide security cover to the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, who were scheduled to visit top RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd), who is admitted here in a critical condition.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2016 13:13 IST
HT Correspondent
DCP Dhruman Nimbale helping an aged patient to get into his vehicle at Hero DMC Heart Institute on Monday.
DCP Dhruman Nimbale helping an aged patient to get into his vehicle at Hero DMC Heart Institute on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Patients and hospital staff at Hero DMC Heart Institute were a harried lot after the hospital premises were taken over by 70 cops stationed there to provide security cover to the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, who were scheduled to visit top RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd), who is admitted here in a critical condition.

Gagneja was shot at by bikeborne assailants in Jalandhar on Saturday night. A constant stream of VIPs have visited the hospital since Sunday. The corridors inside were cordoned off and waiting patients were ordered to move away. The hospital sees a heavy footfall of patients not only from Punjab but other states on a daily basis. The hospital offers advanced treatment facilities and one of the best teams of doctors from Dayandand Medical College and Hospital.

Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and deputy commissioner of police Dhruman Nimble reached the hospital premises early in the morning to make arrangements at the entry gate for the Badals’ visit. Nimbale was spotted helping an aged patient get into his vehicle from the wheelchair after junior cops forced the patient’s relatives to remove their car from the porch.

Police repeated the same exercise at around 4.30pm when the CM and deputy CM finally came to the hospital to meet Gagneja. A patient, Gurmeet Singh, said security officials did not allow him to leave the hospital premises before the visit ended. “I was done with my check up but was told that I could not leave because a VIP was here to meet a patient. They let me out after 15 minutes,” he said.

On Sunday, director general of police Suresh Arora and leaders including chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu visited Gagneja at the hospital.