Hospital CEO, manager arrested for holding elderly patient hostage

Aditya Birla Hospital had kept a senior citizen hostage for more than 10 days on non-payment of dues.

pune Updated: Aug 25, 2018 16:32 IST
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The two were released on bail after three hours. The hospital spokesperson when contacted declined to give details and denied that the CEO and another senior functionary were arrested.(FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY/GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO)

PUNE: The Wakad police on Friday arrested Rekha Dubey, Aditya Birla Hospital’s chief executive officer (CEO) and its managerial head Rajesh Dubey on charges of allegedly keeping hostage a 72-year-old man named Dashrath Arde, who suffered a paralytic attack.

The two were released on bail after three hours. The hospital spokesperson when contacted declined to give details and denied that the CEO and another senior functionary were arrested.

The victim’s son identified as Sanjay Arde had lodged an FIR under Section 344 (wrongful confinement of a person for ten or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) with Wakad police a couple of days ago.

Sanjay in his complaint said that his father Dashrath was admitted on August 8 and discharged on August 11. The hospital, however, ill-treated the patient and refused to let him go, the complaint alleged.The Wakad police acted on the complaint and arrested Rekha and Rajesh . Both were released on bail after a three-hour confinement at the police station.

Satish Mane, senior police inspector, at Wakad police station said that the duo was arrested as the hospital had kept a senior citizen hostage for more than 10 days on non-payment of dues.

Investigating officer assistant police inspector Mahesh Swami said that the senior citizen’s family had a ration card showing them as below poverty line. However, the patient was not considered for the ‘Scheme for treatment of Indigent & Weaker Section Patients (IPF)’. “The patient was held hostage for a bill of Rs 86,000, which the son was unable to pay,” Swami said.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 16:30 IST