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17-yr-old putting up Ganpati poster electrocuted; kin assault doc

A 17-year-old boy died on Wednesday night while sticking a poster for Ganeshotsav at a BEST bus stop in Santacruz (East).

mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2010 02:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A 17-year-old boy died on Wednesday night while sticking a poster for Ganeshotsav at a BEST bus stop in Santacruz (East). Rakesh Pande, who crashed to the ground after coming in contact with an electric wire, was rushed to the VN Desai Hospital in Santacruz where the doctors declared him dead. However, relatives of Rakesh and some locals assaulted the doctor, claiming that the boy died due to the doctor’s negligence.

According to the police, the incident took place around 10.30 pm when the victim, a resident of Marwari Chawl, Santacruz (East), was trying to tie a poster at a bus stop. He lost his balance and while falling caught hold of an exposed electric wire. Due to the electric shock, Rakesh was thrown headfirst to the ground, said police.

Rakesh’s friends, who rushed to him VN Desai Hospital, said that Dr Sandeep Padgaonkar declared him dead before admission. However, the relatives claimed that while they were waiting for the papers from the hospital authorities, they noticed some movement in Rakesh, following which he was admitted to the ICU and another doctor declared him dead again.

“The other doctor tried to revive him, but by then it was too late. He told us that we were very late and had we admitted him in the ICU just a few minutes back, he could have been saved. Little did he know that we had been waiting in the hospital for two hours after Dr Padgaonkar declared Rakesh dead,” said Arshad, Rakesh’s friend.

Agitated relatives and friends of the teenager assaulted Padgaonkar before the police were called in. The hospital authorities later said that Padgaonkar had checked the patient properly. However, he was admitted to the ICU, as his family was not convinced that Rakesh was dead, said Dr S Wadekar, MS (in-charge) of VN Desai Hospital.

Padgaonkar has registered a case of assault and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty against an unknown person at the Vakola police station. “We will also be writing to the hospital to notify them about Padgaonkar’s rude behaviour towards patients and their families. We have received complaints against him in the past as well,” said a police officer from Vakola police station.

First Published: Sep 17, 2010 02:30 IST