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BJP leader booked; strike called-off at Ludhiana civil hospital

The police have lodged an FIR against Bansal under Section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2017 15:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
BJP leader booked,former district BJP president,Praveen Bansal
Praveen Bansal(HT File )

Two days after he allegedly “misbehaved” with staff members of the civil hospital, former district BJP president Praveen Bansal was booked on Tuesday morning. Earlier on Monday, the hospital’s doctors had observed a day-long strike, demanding a case against Bansal.

The police have lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Bansal under Section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Soon after the FIR was registered, the protesting doctors called off their strike and resumed services around 10.40am.

As per information, Bansal had visited the hospital on Saturday evening with a victim of alleged domestic violence. The woman, a resident of Islamganj, was not allegedly being issued a medico-legal report (MLR). The doctor on duty, Dr Harpreet Bains, allegedly refused to give the report following which, Bansal staged a protest at the hospital along with his supporters. A heated argument ensued after which the police was informed. Bansal and the doctor concerned submitted written complaints with the police.

“Even as the strike was called-off in the morning, the doctor did not come to OPD till late afternoon.”

After being booked, Bansal said that he would approach the High Court in the matter and stage more protests. He added that the administration buckled under the pressure waged upon it by the hospital staff. He added that the course of action was highly “undemocratic”.

Meanwhile, a few patients who were waiting for treatment on Monday were seen lining up different units of the Outpatient Department and Mother Child Hospital (MCH) on Tuesday. A huge rush of patients was also witnessed at the OPD and MCH unit on Tuesday.

Jaskirat Singh, 50, of Haibowal, said, “I had come for check-up on Monday but due to the strike, the doctor did not carry out the check-up. We waited for about two hours, we decided to come back. The situation was no better today. Even as the strike was called-off in the morning, the doctor did not come to OPD till late afternoon. We came as early as 9am and had to wait till 1pm to get the check-up done.”

Another patient in the OPD unit, Shamsher Singh, said, “I had come on Monday to get medicine for my 10-year-old daughter who is suffering from fever but no doctor attended us. So I decided to get the medicines from a medical store, but that did not help. We rushed to the hospital today but had to wait for almost an hour before the doctor came in.”

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 15:56 IST