High drama at AIIMS Bhopal as top brass comes to blows

High-voltage drama was witnessed on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal campus on Wednesday after deputy director locked horns with an administrative officer and a doctor, with both parties accusing each other of physical assault.
Updated on May 27, 2015 09:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

High-voltage drama was witnessed on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal campus on Wednesday after deputy director locked horns with an administrative officer and a doctor, with both parties accusing each other of physical assault.

Both the groups have lodged complaints with the Bagh Sewaniya police.

Institute's deputy director (administration) Rituraj Singh, on Wednesday, accused medical officer (homeopathy) Dr Ajay Singh Bhagel and administrative officer Sanjay Singh Chouhan of abusing and assaulting him over an administrative issue.

Meanwhile, Dr Bhagel accused Singh and two of his accomplices of tearing his shirt and punching him in his abdomen. He said that Singh was unhappy as he (Dr Bhagel) was accepting job application from locals.

“Nearly two years ago AIIMS director had directed me to collect job applications…(On Wednesday) Rituraj Singh was angry with me as I had registered a compliant with the Bagh Sewaniya police station over a month back, as he (Singh) was verbally abusing and threatening me over phone. Police had sent him a notice and that is why he was furious and looking was looking for an excuse to hit back at me,” Dr Bhagel said.

Singh, on the other hand, maintained: “I had called Dr AS Bhagel, but he did not pick up the phone. Later when I met him, I told him being a doctor he had no business in accepting biodatas from the local people. When we were arguing, administrative officer Sanjay Singh Chouhan came out and slapped a class four employee, who works at my office. When I tried to intervene, things turned ugly and a security officer and a lower divisional clerk joined the fight and I was assaulted.”

He alleged that Chouhan was upset with him as his deputation had ended on May 10.

“I was insisting that he should go back to his parent department…Despite the relieving order, Chouhan was not leaving.” He also accused Chouhan of physically assaulting him.

"I have written to the health ministry about this issue,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, Dr Bhagel maintained that Chouhan had intervened when Singh was verbally abusing him. He has registered a complaint at the Bagh Sewaniya police and also undergone a medical check-up at the JP Hospital.

When Hindustan Times approached SS Chouhan, he claimed that his deputation came under the Union health ministry and the deputy director had no power to relieve him.

“Singh relieved me despite the fact that the union health ministry is considering to extend my four-year deputation by a year.” He also rubbished Singh's claims that he had assaulted him.

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