Protest held at GMC over negligent death of youth

Family members of deceased staging dharna in GMC Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Family members of deceased staging dharna in GMC Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 5: The family members and kin of a youth, who died yesterday due to alleged negligence of doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital, today held a protest and staged dharna in front of Emergency Ward of the hospital, demanding Government job for younger brother of the deceased and action against those responsible for the death.
“A young man namely Ajay Kumar (27) son of Vijay Kumar, resident of Channuchak (Jhiri) had died on Thursday due to the alleged negligence of doctors in Surgery Department of GMC Jammu after he had gone there along with one of his friends for the treatment of a minor wound in his foot,” a police official said.

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He said today at about 11 AM the family members of the deceased youth along with their relatives, most of whom were women assembled in front of Emergency Ward of the hospital and staged a protest demanding registration of FIR against those responsible for death of Ajay. They raised slogans against hospital administration and doctors.
They also staged dharna there and demanded compensation from the Government, besides a Government job for the younger brother of the deceased, stating that the deceased was the lone bread earner for the family and after his death there is no body to support the family financially.
Getting information of the protest, concerned Tehsildar and SDPO West, Deputy SP Amit Sharma along with SHO Bakshi Nagar, Inspector Amit Sangra reached the spot. Meanwhile, former Minister and senior BJP leader, Sat Sharma also reached the spot. They tried to pacify the protesting people but all in vain. The protest continued for about one and a half hour and was suspended only after the authorities announced Rs one lakh compensation and assured magestrial enquiry into the death of the youth.
DC Jammu Ramesh Kumar told Excelsior that a magestrial enquiry has been ordered into the death of the youth and a financial assistance of Rs one lakh has been announced for the bereaved family. “If any medical negligence is found in the enquiry report, appropriate action will be taken,” he added.
Meanwhile, a board of doctors today conducted postmortem of the deceased’s body after which it was handed over to its legal heirs for last rites.


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