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Death in accident: Docs who treated SP MLA at Badaun district hospital booked for negligence

Irfan, who represented Bilari Assembly seat in Moradabad, was on way to attend the wedding of state minister Shivpal Singh Yadav’s son at Saifai in Etawah when his vehicle overturned and fell into a ditch last Thursday.

Haji Irfan In this picture taken from his Facebook page, Haji Irfan (right) with Azam Khan.

AN FIR has been lodged against three persons, including the chief medical superintendent of Badaun District Hospital, for alleged negligence in connection with the death of SP MLA Haji Irfan following a road accident in the district on March 10.

Irfan, who represented Bilari Assembly seat in Moradabad, was on way to attend the wedding of state minister Shivpal Singh Yadav’s son at Saifai in Etawah when his vehicle overturned and fell into a ditch last Thursday. The legislator and three others died in the accident. His family has alleged negligence in providing him treatment.

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Badaun Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Dr Shashi Kumar Agnihotri and Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) Dr Rajesh Verma have been booked following a complaint by Mohammad Faheem — the MLA’s son.

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On Sunday, Faheem lodged the complaint at the City Kotwali police station in Badaun against the CMS and the EMO, accusing them of carelessness, leading to the MLA’s death. Later, an FIR under Section 304 (culpable homicide) of the IPC was lodged at Sadar police station on Sunday night, ASP Anil Kumar Yadav said.

In his complaint, Faheem has alleged that Verma and Agnihotri had examined the MLA, who complained of difficulty in breathing. He claimed the two inferred that it was a case of internal bleeding and one person, also present at the spot, suggested that Irfan be given some injection to stop the bleeding. But Verma and Agnihotri asked the pharmacist to inject pain killer to the MLA, alleged Faheem.

Faheem further claimed that the doctors had claimed that the injection needed to stop the bleeding was not in stock. “They directed their staff to refer him (MLA) to Bareilly… An ambulance was called… The pharmacist informed them that the oxygen cylinder was not working… But the doctors did not take any decision and referred the patient… While going to Bareilly, the pharmacist tried to use the oxygen cylinder but was unsuccessful, as it was defective and had no oxygen in it,” the complaint stated.

SP MLA from Badaun, Abid Raza — who had visited the district hospital the day of the accident — accused the CMS of carelessness, which lead to the MLA’s death. Claiming that Irfan was not attended properly, as he was wearing a scull cap and had a beard, Raza said: “Agnihotri has a RSS mentality… he knew MLA Irfan was a Muslim… he was murdered by the doctor.”

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When contacted, District Magistrate Badaun Shambhunath admitted that there was negligence in treating the MLA. “One doctor should have accompanied the MLA in the ambulance. There was carelessness but it will come out only after the inquiry. It is premature to comment on it,” he said.
In all, three separate inquiries are being conducted into the reasons leading to the deaths on March 10. While the Badaun administration is conducting a magisterial inquiry, the state government has dispatched two officials from the health directorate to probe the incident. Now, a police case has also been registered.

The DM said that as part of the magisterial probe, statements of the concerned persons would be recorded before the magistrate on March 16. Meanwhile, Health Directorate officials Dr S K Tripathi and Dr J P Arya, who reached Badaun last Saturday, have visited the hospital and inspected the ambulance that had ferried the MLA. They have also recorded the statement of three pharmacists, the two doctors who have been booked and a technician, who accompanied the MLA in the ambulance. Sources said the CMS is likely to face the music, as prima facie it has been found that he did not send a doctor to accompany the ambulance.

First published on: 15-03-2016 at 12:57:08 am
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