SP MLA 'manhandles' doctor for ‘private practice’

A Government doctor posted at Sidharth Nagar District Hospital was allegedly manhandled by Samajwadi Party MLA Vijay Kumar and his associates who stormed into his rented room Saturday afternoon. The MLA accused Dr Mahesh Prasad of carrying out private practice. Cross-FIRs have been lodged into the incident.

Angry over the incident, government doctors in Sidharth Nagar staged protest at the gate of the district hospital demanding the arrest of the MLA and others. The doctors closed down the OPD services at the hospital and threatened to close down other services if their demands were not met soon.

Dr R B Ram, president of Siddharthnagar district unit of Provincial Medical Services (PMS), said the association would initiate state-wide agitation if action was not taken into the matter soon. "If Dr Prasad was involved in private practice, the MLA should have complained about him and got legal action initiated instead of attacking him," he said.

A first-time MLA from Kapilvastu seat in Sidharth Nagar, Vijay Kumar alleged that Dr Prasad attacked him with a blunt object when he took his photographs while he was busy in private practice at the rented room at Naugarh Baansi Marg.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Sidharth Nagar, Ashok Kumar Verma said cross-FIRs have been lodged by both parties. "The picture would be clear after investigation," he said.

A native of Deoria, Dr Prasad, 48, has been posted at the Sidharth Nagar District Hospital for the last 8 years. He is working there as a physician and was allotted a flat on the campus.

Dr Prasad, however, had also taken a room on rent at Naugarh Baansi Marg.

According to Dr Prasad, on Friday at 3.30 pm, a youth came to his room and complained of medical problem. He was checking the youth when the MLA, along with his associates, forcibly came inside and started abusing him. "The MLA took out a video camera and started shooting inside my room. When I tried to explain him that he was mistaken, the MLA and his associates thrashed me following which I suffered injury on my face," said Dr Prasad.

Dr Prasad alleged that Vijay Kumar acted against him because on Tuesday, when Minister of State for Medical & Health Shankh Lal Majhi came for inspection at the hospital, he gave a reply which made the minister angry. "There was a misunderstanding which was settled after intervention of senior doctors of the hospital. I am sure the MLA acted against me for the same issue," he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Ram Chandar said that during inspection when the minister reached the general ward, he found a patient had bought an injection from the market. The minister got annoyed over this and said when if medicines and injections are available in the hospital why patients are being asked to buy medicine from outside.

"Dr Prasad, who was looking after the patient, interrupted the minister and said that doctors never ask patients to buy medicine from the market. The patients themselves prefer buying medicines from outside. The minister got annoyed on being interrupted in the middle. The situation was brought under control after senior doctors intervened and asked Dr Prasad to keep quiet," said the CMS.

When contacted, Vijay Kumar denied that the altercation with Dr Prasad was a sequel to Tuesday's incident. He said, for the last few months, locals were complaining to him against Dr Prasad for misbehaving with them in the hospital and forcing them to come to his private clinic.

"When I went to Dr Prasad's room, I found around 100 patients waiting. When I questioned him for being involved in private practice, he started abusing me. When I took out a camera to shoot the activity, he hit me with a blunt object following which I suffered injury on my head," alleged the MLA.

He added that before acting against Dr Prasad, he had complained to the district administration and the government also.

On a complaint filed by Dr Prasad, the Sidharth Nagar police have lodged FIR against the MLA, his three associates and 10-12 unidentified persons. The case has been registered under section 452 (House-trepass alter preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restrain), 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt) and 147 (Rioting) and SC/ST Act.

On the other hand, on Vijay Kumar's complaint, a case has been registered against Dr Prasad under section 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace).

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