Eye camp tragedy: Batala police forms SIT

  • Vishal Sally, None, Batala
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 21:00 IST

The Batala police have formed a four-member special investigating team (SIT) under a superintendent of police (SP)-ranked officer to probe the Gurdaspur eye camp tragedy.

Other members of the SIT are deputy superintendent of police (DSP, detective) Yugraj Singh, CIA (crime investigation agency) incharge Balwinder Singh and station house officer (SHO), Ghuman, Harikrishan Singh.

However, the police are yet to identify the persons who run Guru Nanak Multi-Specialty hospital at Ghuman, where as many as 157 surgeries were conducted from October 31 to November 4. The police had initially detained the surgeon, Dr Vivek Arora, whose name figures in the FIR, but he was let off later.

Though, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Vijay Sampla and Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna had guaranteed strict action against all the persons.

When contacted, the SHO said they would produce the prime accused, camp coordinator Manjit Joshi, in the court on Tuesday and seek extension of his police remand. He added that they would also seek search warrants against Mathura-based NGO SKM Netra Chikitsalya and Dr Humveer Singh, who runs the non-governmental organisation.

When asked about the persons running the hospital, he said they were investigating the case but no name had surfaced yet.

He added that they were waiting for the medical report which is to be submitted by the civil surgeon, after which action would be taken.

Gurdaspur civil surgeon Dr Rajnesh Sood was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.

When contacted, Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh said he had just joined this police district, having arrived here on Sunday evening, and was presently busy making security arrangements at Qadian, where chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is scheduled to pay a visit on December 10.

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