Hyderabad: Five outpatients at the Osmania General Hospital, one of them 95 years old, were injured when a car driven by a security guard rammed into them.
Mr Mohammed Omar, 95, and the others were sitting on a platform around a tree in the compound awaiting their turn at the casualty department when the accident occurred. Witnesses said a red car, belonging to post-graduation student Dr Rehan Quershi of the plastic surgery department, came at high speed and ran over the feet of Mr Omar and Ms Qamar Begum, 55, before hitting a wall.
Dr Quershi was in the operation theatre when the accident occurred. The car was allegedly being driven by OGH security guard Shivraj who jumped out and escaped. He was later taken into police custody.
Guard had no driving licence
All the security guards fled from the scene after the incident and only reported back at 2 pm.
Three other patients, Mohammed Iqbal, Vijay K. and T. Mallesh, sustained minor injuries.
A senior doctor said that a security guard approached Dr Qureshi asking him to move the car from the parking area. As he was required to be in the operation theatre, Dr Qureshi handed over the keys to the guard. “The accident occurred about half-an-hour after this,” the doctors said.
Afzalgunj inspector P. Gnanender Reddy said the car was taken out by Shivraj who did not know how to drive a car and did not possess a licence. “He stepped on the accelerator thinking it was the brake because of which the car surged ahead.”
A complaint was booked by the police under IPC Section 338 (causing grievous hurt) and Sections 180 (allowing unauthorised persons to drive) and 181 (owner allowing an unlicensed person to drive) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
95-year-old injured on right leg
Ninety-five-year old retired IDPL employee Mohammed Omar was struggling to take his token. T. Mallesh had asked him to wait near the cemented tree wall and got his token from the counter. He had given him the token and had moved away when the car rammed in. T. Mallesh suffered minor injuries on the hand and leg but Omar’s right leg was badly damaged.
His son Shabbir Ali said, “His right leg is badly damaged. Orth-opaedic surgeons checked him but after that there is no follow-up. We are waiting for doctors to respond. He is a regular at OGH taking treatment from the doctors there.”...