Victim’s family suspected of signing secret agreement

Lahan, December 22

Police today sent body of a woman, who allegedly died due to doctors’ negligence in course of  treatment at Om Gurukul Care Home in Lahan, Siraha, to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences for post-mortem today.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Thapa at Area Police Office, Lahan, the body of SanjuPaswan, 21, of Mirchaiya Municiplaity-11 was sent to BPKIHS for post-mortem.

Kin of Paswan had staged demonstration on the premises of Gurukul Health Care, demanding punishment for the doctors involved and reparation for the victim’s family on Friday.

“A manhunt to nab hospital proprietor Dipnedra Yadav and other staff is on as they fled on Thursday evening after the woman’s death,” said DSP Thapa.

The victim’s parents complained that the Paswan family and hospital management had sealed a secret deal. As per the deal, they claimed, the hospital management had agreed to provide the victim’s husband’s family Rs 0.5 million as compensation and Rs 75,000 for cremation. “They have also signed a document, saying that our daughter died of excessive bleeding,” claimed Sanju’s parents.

DSP Thapa, however, expressed ignorance about the agreement and said that police would probe into the matter. A family source said that the hospital had agreed to hand over the pledged amount after cremation of the body. A rights activist said that silence maintained on the matter by the local administration had cast doubts over police investigation.

Sanju was admitted to Golbazaar Health Post after she went into labour on Wednesday. She, however, was referred to Lahan-based Ram Kumar Uma Prasad Memorial Hospital.

As she could not be treated there too, she was taken to Om Gurukul Health care while she was being rushed to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. Sanju’s mother Shila said that condition of her daughter had deteriorated when the ambulance driver rushed her to the health care.

“We were forced to admit Sanju at the hospital as the doctors warned that she would die if surgery was not conducted immediately,” Shila said. Sanju was taken to BPKIHS on Thursday morning. She was, however, pronounced dead by the doctors at the hospital, according to the deceased’s mother.

The condition of the newborn daughter, however, is said to be normal. Grandmother Parbati is taking care of the newborn.