Man arrested for attempting to assault doctor in Kochi

Doyal (24), a native of Vattekunnam in nearby Edapally, was arrested late on Monday night following the incident. Photo: Screengrab/Manorama

Kochi: The attacks on health professionals have shown no signs of abating even a week after the gruesome murder of a woman doctor by a patient at a the Kottarakara taluk hospital in Kerala.

According to the police, a man turned violent and tried to attack a male doctor at a state-run medical college in Kochi on Monday.

Doyal (24), a native of Vattekunnam in nearby Edapally, was arrested late on Monday night following the incident, Kalamassery police said.

The accused sought treatment at the government medical college at around 10.50 pm after he suffered injuries in a road accident last night. According to hospital staff, he behaved in a strange manner from the time he came to the premises. He tried to manhandle the doctor who came to treat him and verbally abused him.

In a purported video of Doyal, which went viral on social media platforms on Tuesday morning, he could be seen arguing and threatening the doctor and other hospital staff.

Some other persons, who accompanied him, could tried to calm him but he continued to behave in a rude manner with the healthcare workers. The man was later controlled by the security personnel of the hospital and the Kalamassery police were informed.

Before he was shifted to the police vehicle, the man could be seen threatening the doctor saying that he remembers his face clearly.

A senior police officer told PTI that various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Hospital Protection Act were slapped on the accused.

"His arrest was recorded under IPC Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 294 (b) (use abusive words) and 506 (criminal intimidation) besides the sections of the Hospital Protection Act. He will be produced before court today," the officer said.

The incident comes just days after a woman doctor was brutally stabbed to death by a patient she was attending to at a hospital in Kollam district.

Dr Vandana Das, a native of Kaduthuruthy area of Kottayam district and a house surgeon at Azeezia Medical College Hospital, was working at the Kottarakkara taluk hospital as part of her training. She was stabbed several times, and later succumbed to her injuries on May 10.

Following the attack on her, protests erupted in various hospitals across the state with healthcare professionals, medical interns, students and house surgeons taking to the streets.

(With PTI inputs.)

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