Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Doctor delays post-mortem (on a dalit youth), angers villagers

BHOPAL SEPT. 3. Public fury against a Government doctor who failed to act promptly and conduct post-mortem on a Dalit youth -- whose body was found hanging two days back -- led to police firing on a mob of protesters yesterday in which three persons were killed and nearly two dozen injured.

According to information reaching here, the body of Mahesh Kol was found hanging on Sunday at Ramnagar in Satna district. When the villagers took the body to hospital, the doctor on duty, Abhimanyu Singh, refused to conduct post-mortem. Later that night, when he was requested again by the people, he allegedly misbehaved with them.

On Monday morning the doctor reportedly misbehaved with Mahesh's relatives. Dr. Singh's wife, who too is a doctor posted at Ramnagar, was not allowed to conduct the post-mortem. One other doctor posted there was not traceable. Meanwhile, people had lost their patience and refused to let two other doctors, who were called in by the police, to conduct the post-mortem.

A senior police spokesman told The Hindu today that on Monday afternoon the people picked up the body from the mortuary and took to the streets demanding Dr. Singh's suspension. The District Collector, who was in Rewa, and the Superintendent of Police rushed to Ramnagar from Satna, when the situation went out of control.

A stone hurled by the by now angry crowd hit the SP on the face. The mob also set fire to some scooters and a police vehicle. This led to the police opening fire.

According to official sources here, the district authorities reached the troubled spot with a suspension order against Dr. Singh. The police spokesman added that the SP has been moved to Satna and other senior police officers have been rushed to Ramnagar.

Source: The Hindu, September 4, 2002

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