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4 arrested in Mumbai for assaulting 2 JJ Hospital doctors

The accused, who include the patient’s 2 sons and daughter, allegedly beat up the medicos after the patient died

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2018 00:40 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
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Following the assault, the hospital staff immediately alerted the police present at the hospital and the assailants were taken into custody. (HT FILE)

Angry over the death of a 45-year-old woman during treatment at JJ Hospital, members of her family flew into a rage and allegedly assaulted hospital staff, injuring four persons, including a civilian, on Saturday. The JJ Marg police have arrested four persons, including the woman’s two sons and a daughter, in connection with the incident.

The deceased woman, Zahidabibi Shah, was admitted to the hospital over a bladder complication on Thursday. However, her condition worsened on Saturday morning and she passed away during treatment, the police said.

After the doctors declared Shah dead, her family got furious and reacted in a violent manner. Two doctors, one nurse and a civilian sustained injuries in the assault, officials said.

“The deceased patient’s family members beat up three hospital staff, including a woman doctor and a nurse. One civilian was also injured in the incident. We have arrested four persons,” said Shirish Gaikwad, senior inspector at JJ Marg police station. The arrested quartet includes Shah’s two sons, her daughter and son-in-law.

All the four are residents of Mumbra.

Following the attack, a CCTV clip capturing the entire incident went viral.

In the video, four men are seen landing repeated slaps and punches on the hospital staff. First, two men are seen approaching a doctor sitting behind a desk. One of the men starts slapping the doctor and within a second, three other men also surround the doctor and start assaulting him.

Two women from the hospital staff try to intervene to save the doctor from the assault. The doctor somehow manages to get up on his feet and run but one of the assaulters runs after him. Others from the posse, meanwhile, pick up the chairs in the room and break them on the table.

The men corner the doctor and beat him up as he is crouched on the floor. With tempers flaring, one of the men again reaches for the doctor’s desk and flips it over. All this takes place within the span of one minute.

Following the assault, the hospital staff immediately alerted the police present at the hospital and the assailants were taken into custody.

The JJ Marg police have booked the four persons under sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to assaulting an on-duty public servant and criminal intimidation.

First Published: May 20, 2018 00:40 IST