Police manhandle patients’ relatives at Escorts


New Delhi : Several relatives of the patients of leading cardiologist Naresh Trehan at Escorts hospitals here, were beaten up Wednesday by police "for raising their voice".

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Gautam Kumar, whose father has undergone heart surgery at the hospital, was thrashed by police personnel Wednesday for demanding why Trehan has not come to meet the patients since morning.

At least a dozen policemen dragged Kumar and a couple of others outside the waiting lounge and slapped him on his face, back and head.

"I was asking the hospital authorities to give due care to my father, when police officials slapped me," Kumar told IANS, as tears rolled down his cheeks.

"Trehan is not in the hospital since morning and we were just asking the management why he is not here," said Kumar, who is there in the hospital for over one month for his father's treatment.

Police also shouted at Yasmin, sister of a patient who had undergone surgeries at the hospital Tuesday.

"No one is telling me the condition of my brother. Above it, the police are manhandling us. It's no more a hospital to rely on," she said.

On May 18, Trehan was removed from the post of executive director for "conflict of interest" with Fortis Healthcare that had acquired 90 percent of the Escorts stake in September 2005.

Trehan forced his entry into the hospital Saturday and his supporters broke open his chamber at the hospital.

The Escorts hospital management Tuesday registered a formal police case against Trehan for vandalism and trespassing at the New Friends Colony police station.