Despite of the directions of Punjab CM to provide free treatment to the victims of Mothanwal robbery, both the families today claimed that they had spent nearly 7 lakhs on the treatment of different members from their own pockets and state government had failed to release the compensations as committed.
Sixteen members of two families were brutally assaulted and injured by a group of robbers equipped with heavy wooden sticks and other weapons with the intention to loot on May 12 and May 13 intervening night in Kamalpur patti of village Mothanwal near Sultanpur Lodhi.Seven seriously injured members were treated at Jalandhar based private trauma hospital while three members were treated at Kapurthala civil hospital and rest were provided treatment at Sultanpur Lodhi civil hospital.
Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Daljit Singh Mangat, after visiting the site of incident on May 13, on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, had informed media, “Chief Minister has ordered that the Punjab Government would bear all treatment expenses. He said that the hospital authorities have been informed in this regard and they were providing best possible treatment to the victims.”Mangat and Kapurthala Civil Surgeon Dr Balbir Singh kept the close observation on the progress made by the injured admitted at Jalandhar and had even offered to airlift Ajit Singh (70) for treatment to PGI at Chandigarh when Ajit Singh was not properly responding to the treatment.
Talking to HT, Sital Singh, one of the victim and only member of the family which is fit enough to work for earning livelihood said, “we are feeling ditched. An amount of nearly Rs 9.60 lakhs were spent on treatment at Jalandhar based hospital. Out of which government had paid Rs 3 lakhs only. Rest all was paid from our own pockets.”“Besides this, more than 25 thousand were spent on different tests and medicines at Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi hospitals. My sister-in-law (Bhabhi) Jaswant Kaur was re-operated for her arm at a Kapurthala based private hospital as the operation performed at civil hospital could not provide relief,” he added.
“All members of my family, except me, are still under trauma and are not fit to start working. We have also lost nearly 240 gms of gold ornaments besides cash. We had paid medical bills of private hospital. My father Ajit Singh, brother Hardyal Singh and mother Gyan Kaur are still on medicines. We seek early clearance of our bills,” he demanded.Maqsudan Sahni (48), family head of the other family who was attacked narrated the similar story for non-clearance of dues.
“My wife Madhu Sahni (4), who was operated at Sultanpur Lodhi hospital needs another operation as the implantation made by doctors in her body does not coordinating with her body. I am also not fully fit and feel general weakness. We had met deputy commissioner Kapurthala and deposited the copies of bills for early clearance,” Sahni said.Speaking on the issue, DC Daljit Singh Mangat said, “We have made the payment of all the bills cleared by civil surgeon. I will check and try to resolve, if any pendency is there.”