Indore: Cong leaders, activists clash with cops after stopped from meeting Patkar

Indore: Amid chaos due to clashes between police and visitors from a spectrum of political parties and social organisations, Bombay Hospital administration on Tuesday claimed that health conditions of NBA chief Medha Patkar have improved and she is recovering well.

However, the hospital administration refused to comment on her hunger strike and said that they were providing all the necessary medical treatments to Patkar.

Patkar was forcibly removed from the dharna site at Chikhalda village and admitted to the Bombay Hospital on Monday after her health condition deteriorated on the 12th day of hunger strike, demanding proper rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees from the government.

Meanwhile, government has deployed a heavy police force at the hospital, which didn’t allow any visitor, activist or political party leader to meet Patkar in her room and faced their ire throughout the day.

Large number of NBA activists and Congress leaders, including Sajjan Singh Verma and Pramod Tondon and Paras Saklecha were stopped by the police from meeting the fiery NBA leader.

A chaos ensued, when Kukshi MLA Surendra Singh Baghel was not allowed to meet Patkar by the police. After heated exchange of words for quite a long time, Baghel and CSP Vijay Nagar, Jayant Rathore involved into a brawl with each other, in which the MLA was manhandled by other cops.

“I was manhandled by the cops when I was requesting them to let me meet the NBA chief. Later, cops took me to the gate of ICU, but didn’t allow me to enter despite Patkar calling me inside,” he said.

Baghel alleged that “Though Patkar’s health condition has improved the government has illegally detained her in the hospital to restrain her from leading the protest against their anti-people actions.”

Apart from Baghel, the Congress leaders and other activists too clashed with the cops in their attempt to meet the NBA chief. Clearing the hospital’s stand, general manager (administration) Rahul Parashar said “We are not allowing anyone to meet Patkar except her two attendants, as she is admitted in ICU and under observation. Let alone Patkar, we do not even allow anyone to meet a normal patient in ICU.”

Taking about her health, Parashar said that she is recovering well but still under observation.

Activist detained for two hours

An activist of ‘Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan’, Bilal Khan was detained for two hours by cops deployed at Bombay Hospital. Activists of NBA alleged that Bilal was kidnapped by the cops and was released after two hours. “I was detained by the police in the hospital and later in Lasudia police station. Cops let me off only after taking an undertaking from me. My fault was that I was requesting them to allow me to meet Patkar,” Bilal said. A large number of social activists condemned the detention by police.

4 NBA activists recovering well at MYH

Administration of MY Hospital, Dr Sharad Thora said that four activists of NBA, who were admitted to the hospital on Monday night, are recovering well. He said that they will be discharged from the hospital soon. Those admitted in MY Hospital are: Nirmala, Muskan, Nehamati and Shankar.

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