Family members of a six-year-old boy, who died at Deep Hospital on Saturday morning, created ruckus by breaking glasses and furniture in the hospital, forcing police to come to the spot to handle the situation.
The police have booked an attending nurse for negligence.
The boy’s mother Preeti Rani, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar on Gill Road, said that her son, Shivan, had a problem in his throat, so he was admitted to the hospital on November 18, where doctors informed that Shivan had developed pus in his throat.
Rani claimed that till Friday, her son was recovering but on Saturday when a nurse injected medicine in the glucose bottle, blood started oozing from his nose after which his condition became critical. She also claimed that Dr Baldeep Singh, the owner of the hospital, did not respond to calls.
Even when the hospital authorities informed about the violent protests, the police reached the spot after 40 minutes. While there were nearly 60-70 protesters, only 10-12 police personnel initially came, and more force was called in later.
Senior police officials, including deputy commissioner of police Dhruman Nimbale, rushed to the spot to try and pacify the family and members of the Valmiki community, to which the boy belonged, who had gathered and were protesting against the hospital authorities.
When Dr Singh was contacted, he said the allegations levelled against the hospital were not correct. “The doctors who were treating the patient are very senior and cannot be blamed for any negligence. Even I was present at the hospital when the incident happened, but was busy with another patient. But a doctor was immediately sent to check the child.”
Station house officer (SHO) of Model Town, Gurdev Singh, said a case has been registered against the attending nurse Kamlesh under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
Patients, attendants inconvenienced
Panic gripped the hospital where many patients were left panicked due to the protest in the hospital.
Attendants of the patients were also disturbed due to the protest that lasted for four hours, as they had no place to sit. Blood stains caused due to injuries to protesters when they broke glasses also worried the patients and their attendants.