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Other patients wait as criminals get VIP treatment

Vishal Rambani , Hindustan Times  Patiala, June 30, 2013
First Published: 00:58 IST(30/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:06 IST(30/6/2013)

In the ward in which attempt-to-murder accused Maninder Singh Sunny Johar is getting VIP treatment at Rajindra Hospital here, an old woman has been without clothes and food for the past three days.

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Sunny Johar has the personal luxuries of room cooler and cuisine of choice. In the same ward, a man has been sleeping on floor, while the relatives of another VIP inmate from jail enjoy the AC-room comfort of a special ward.

Sunny Johar is accused of injuring Assistant Inspector General SS Mand. Busy changing his linen, members of the hospital staff haven't even put a sheet over the poor naked woman lying nearby. She doesn't even have food that is served free of cost to the needy patients with just a signature from the doctor.

"Sometime, we offer her biscuits and bread, while vendors give her tea; that's how she has survived," said Harinder Singh, whose relative is admitted to the same ward. Medical superintendent Vinod Sharda and medical college principal KD Singh remained incommunicado.

"I grilled the junior staff for not providing the woman with diet and clothes. The incident of a patient sleeping on floor for the past three days is also in my notice," said deputy medical superintendent Dr Harshinder Kaur, refusing to comment further.

After the media got involved, the deputy MS not only provided the woman with clothes but also issued order for free meal to the woman who identifies herself as Gomati but is unable to tell anyone about her family.

The hospital could free the beds for needy people by moving Johar and others to a ward earmarked for jail inmates.


Moved to inmates' ward

After the media raked up the issue, Sunny Johar and other jail inmates getting VIP treatment in Patiala's Rajindra Hospital were sent back to the special ward for prisoners. The hospital also confiscated the room cooler installed illegally for Johar and ordered an inquiry against the medical staff. A medical board will examine all inmates and send them back to respective jails if that's required. Every eighth day, the board will recommend their further stay, if needed.

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