The junior doctors at the reputed Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur indulged in violent clashes with attendants after the patient died following refusal of doctors to attend on her. The patient from Sheohar was critical and undergoing treatment in Patna but was brought to Muzaffarpur to be admitted at SKMCH on Thursday night.
However, junior doctors refused to attend to her maintaining that her condition had worsened and chances of survival was bleak. Later, the patient died and this triggered the controversy which further escalated into violent clashes between doctors and attendants in which almost one dozen ambulances were torched by agitating doctors and approximately 50 private vehicles badly damaged on Friday morning.
The ambulance drivers of the hospitals and the locals also sided with the attendants and indulged in violent confrontation with the doctors. The angry doctors first jammed the NH 77 very close to the hospital and later set on fire almost a dozen ambulances parked at the hospital. Both sides pelted stones and set on fire several vehicles. As the clashes became further violent, the district administration officials including the District Magistrate, Dharmendra Singh and SSP, Vivek Kumar reached the spot to control the situation. Police also indulged in baton charge to disperse mob.
HOSPITAL TURNED BATTLEFIELD
There was a state of chaos and lawlessness in the area for almost five hours after which police deployment was increased. The area near the hospital was been cordoned and massive police deployment has taken place to control the situation from worsening further. The other patients and people at the hospital managed to save themselves by locking themselves inside the hospital premises. For almost five hours the medical services came to a standstill because of the hospital area turning into a battlefield.
"We have controlled the situation as of now by using force against the agitators. We are investigating the case and trying to reach to the root cause of the incident. Whosoever is found guilty will be punished," said Dharmendra Kumar, DM Muzaffarpur.
Four agitators have been arrested by the police. However, the situation in the area, though, has been brought under control but remains tense.