Demanding immediate action against doctors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and contractors of municipal council and sewerage board, whose 'negligence' allegedly led to the death of 21-year-old boy two months ago, the local residents staged a massive protest outside deputy commissioner's office here on Monday.
Hundreds of members of action committee formed to bring justice to the bereaved family raised slogans against the district administration and also burnt effigy of management of Ludhiana hospital.
Sobraj Jeet Singh, a resident of Barnala, succumbed to his injuries at the DMCH on February 6. Sobraj was referred to DMCH from Barnala civil hospital where he was rushed after he received serious injuries in a road accident on January 28, when his motorcycle hit the sewerage-cleaning machine installed in the middle of the road.
During postmortem of Sobraj, the board of doctors had found a piece of medicinal glove in one of the two iatrogenic injuries (related to medical procedures), depicting negligence on part of the doctors.
It was mentioned in the report that the injuries caused during medical procedures and treatment to drain out internal bleeding caused due to lung injury might had led to Sobraj's death.
Inqualabi Kendra Punjab president Narayan Dutt said though police had already registered a case against the unidentified contractor and other persons of the sewerage board under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) on February 17, but they failed to make any arrest in the case. Dutt also alleged that despite several requests, local administration and police failed to register a case of negligence against DMCH doctors concerned.
"Authorities were giving an impression that want to save the doctors," he said.
Darshan Pal, one of members of action committee, alleged that reports procured from DMCH at the time of admission of Sobraj clearly stated that there was no such injury that could claim the life of Sobraj and the postmortem report clearly revealed that he died of negligence on part of the doctors. Even doctors and staff at the civil hospital protested wearing black badges for the whole day.