In what can be called as police brutality, a suspended senior doctor was thrashed, tied and dragged on road for creating ruckus in Visakhapatnam city today by a police constable.
However, the constable was placed under suspension after the issue snowballed into a controversy with all political parties including BJP, TDP, Communists, Janasena demanding in unison action against the policemen responsible for the ghastly incident.
According to the details available, the victim identified as Dr Sudhakar, an anesthesiologist with Narsipatnam Govt Hospital. He was placed under suspension in the month of March after he complained of government not supplying them with N65 Masks to treat Covid patients.
He was spotted this morning on the highway at Akkayyapalem creating a ruckus on the street. Police alleged that he even misbehaved with them forcing them to take him to the police station. It was done only after severely thrashing him after tying his hands. He was also dragged into Jeep by the cops who later took him to the hospital alleging he was drunk.
A section of the media claimed that the doctor had lost his mental balance after losing his job and has been behaving in a piquant manner since then. Assuming even if he is mentally ill, is it fair on part of the police to treat a person so inhumanly that too with a learned person.
The issue flared up after videos of Dr Sudhakar who is half-naked being dragged by the police went viral on social media followed by which politicians reacted to the incident accusing the YSRCP government of letting the police misbehave with citizens.
Meanwhile, The Wire reported that Vizag police commissioner RK Meena has alleged that the doctor was under the influence of alcohol and had misbehaved with the police. “Sudhakar was in a drunken state and he behaved rudely with the police. He snatched the mobile phone from a constable and threw it away. The doctor is apparently suffering from some psychological problems,” Meena was quoted as saying.
The King George Hospital in a statement issued here today said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP was checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to the forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”