Allegations of VIP treatment to Jalandhar factory collapse’s main accused Shital Vij during his 6-day police remand at the Navi Baradari police station seems to have had no impact on the police administration. The police allegedly recommended a ‘private’ room the industrialist, after he complained of chest pain on Monday.
Soon after a local court announced Vij’s shifting to Kapurthala jail, nearly 30 km from here, on Monday afternoon, the accused complained of chest pain. Subsequent medical examination too ‘suggested’ that he be treated for the same.
Now, the ward where Vij has been admitted presents a rush of people wanting to wish him and express solidarity with him.
Medical superintendent of civil hospital Dr Iqbal Singh said that Vij had been kept in the new private wardroom after the police administration requested for it.
“I received a request from police station division number 8 that Vij should be provided a separate room in the hospital. They cited security reasons. Only then, we have provided a separate room to Vij in the ward,” the MS said.
When queried about police action to close the gates of the ward, posing problems for other patients, the MS said only cops could comment on it, security being their domain.
When contacted, SHO division number 8, Jastinder Singh, denied making any request to the hospital administration for a 'private' room for Vij. He even expressed surprise at the 'news' that Vij had been kept at a private room.
“It is the hospital’s prerogative on how and where to treat a patient. If Vij has been kept in private ward hospital authorities might have found it appropriate to do so. Our work was limited to bring him to hospital after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness on Monday after being sent in judicial custody.
“Of course, we are concerned about Vij's security. We requested the hospital administration to keep him at such a place, where security could be easily provided.”
A panel of four doctors has been constituted to look in to Vij’s health problems. The panel , headed by Dr GS Pawar , comprises Dr Kashmiri Lal, Dr Rajnish and Dr Saru Talwar.
Interestingly, ailing Nishan Singh, a convict in Harpreet murder case and a close aide of former minister Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been kept in a highly-guarded prisoners’ ward of the civil hospital.
The police recommendation, whether or not made ‘officially’ is a clear sign of the billionaire accused’s influence in police and bureaucratic circles.