Amreli BJP MP ‘slaps’ doc, booked

Naran Kachadiya

An FIR was lodged Tuesday against Naran Kachadiya, a BJP MP from Amreli, for allegedly slapping a government doctor on duty and threatening to kill him, police said.

The incident took place this morning at Amreli Civil Hospital here, where one of Kachadiya's relatives is undergoing treatment, they said.

The victim, identified as Dr Bhimji Dabhi, has lodged the FIR against the MP.

"A relative of Kachadiya is being treated at the trauma centre of the Civil Hospital here. After tending to the MP's relative, Dr Dabhi went to attend an emergency case," police said.

Since he was busy with the new patient, Dabhi declined to attend the MP's phone call stating he was on duty, they added.

Angered by this, Kachadiya soon came to the hospital along with his 15 followers and slapped the doctor, police said, adding he also gave him life threats.

However, when contacted, Kachadiya claimed he neither slapped the doctor nor threatened him. "There was an altercation between me and the doctor, but allegations that I slapped him are false. I have neither given any threats to him," Kachadiya said.

"Poor people come to the Civil Hospital for treatment. However, they complained to me that doctors are not treating patients from 9 am to 2 pm," he said. "When one of the women patients called me on my phone, I asked her to give the phone to doctor, who refused to talk. I told the patient I would reach the hospital in five minutes," he added.

"When I came to the hospital, I saw over 25 patients sitting in the lobby waiting to be treated. I met the doctor in his office and he said he did not want to talk to me," Kachadiya said, adding there was only an altercation between the two.

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